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8 COLUMNS Wednesday, December 6 2017 | NEW ERA STRIDES with Uncle Bob Kandetu The development of soccer in Namibia has continued to defy wisdom and Namibians have played soccer throughout the country. Prominent among these featured names such as Hage Geingob with Etosha Lions of Tsumeb (which later became Chief Santos), Siseva Siririka, Afas Katjivirue, Raonga Mbura with African Stars, Nande and Tives Mbako, Pakie Nujoma with Tigers, Hochobeb, with Black Africa. The list is long. Along the way the game advanced in intensity and provided numerous possibilities with opportunities opening up for Namibians to ply their trade internationally. Even more, the international stage availed vast opportunities for Namibian coaches to expand their talent through coaching engagements to other nations of the world. This did not happen much. Namibians preferred to run circles around themselves as the beautiful game has continued to be locked in strife. These limitations have come to confound this otherwise promising sports code and we continue to sing the old Negro spiritual “We Shall Overcome”. On the positive note, the game has returned to the pitch and we now enjoy soccer throughout the nation. True to their nature, supporters of the various clubs have uncon- stadiums as ever before, to rally their teams through voice to succeed. Because of the late start with the soccer league, matches are scheduled back-to-back to the extent that there are at least two games during the week in order to compensate for lost time. This unfortunate necessity applies enormous pressure on the players and administrators alike, and in no small measure to the supporters, many of whom lose opportunities to see their teams play because of work obligations as they are sometimes in and out of town during the week. Traditionally, the best opportunities for most of the fans would be weekends when all are off-duty or able to sneak from regular farming assignments to cheer their teams. But the fans have come to appreciate that this is an unfortunate necessity if we are to get soccer back onto the realm of competitive sport and to this end they have to play their part. We are all on the same page and we hold thumbs that the future will be pregnant with promise. And when I listened to my brother Patric Kauta on radio, I was encouraged by his mettle and I found solace in the fact that he had stepped to center stage. That in itself is a source of reassurance. I have not been to see many matches since the start of the league, safe following them on radio. African Stars started very strong. The team has won ten and drew three of the 13 matches they have played so far and that gave them a wonderful head start, the kind that was Black Africa’s monopoly over the years. and I had a word with Bobby Samaria and Lesley Kozonguizi coach and manager of Stars respectively, separately, to wish them well and I used the opportunity to caution them on what in soccer is called match fatigue. We all agreed that this can be a stark reality along the way as the pressure is now on their players, the coach and the manager with the rank win. Latter phenomenon is about to kick in. The only match I was able to watch live was between African Stars and Black Africa. Both teams gave a good account of themselves. African Stars played like log leaders, they They however battled to bridge the disconect forced them to waggle the ball through the goal mouth. This formula stretched them and made them vulnerable to BA’s solid defense, which seemed briefed in advance of Stars’ vulnerability. Black Africa however, seemed to be haunted by problems different from Stars. They had a solid defense and this is reason all the more they did not concede goals in this match. They had a brilliant connect be- wonders to convert ball into goal keeper’s box, but seemingly this was not their day as their front line consistently wasted potential scores. In the end it was zero-all. Finally, I may caution African Stars and all the teams that beware of Black Africa. The squad I saw reminded me of the Black Africa I have led over the years and I think it is a matter of time before they recapture their winning ways. Just watch the space. The announcement of the Cabinet by President Mnangagwa seems to be some torrential rain on people’s parade. Spirits were dampened and some felt let down and their hopes of renewal dashed. Others on the opposite side appeared reinvigorated. Suddenly, they could breathe again as they appeared to regain the life that had been snuffed out of them by the on-point inaugural speech, the positive response by foreign governments and the people who were simply no longer interested in the opposition. What has gone wrong? It is possible that it is the management of perception that has gone wrong. When the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) intervened on November 14, 2017 it was surreal. The iconic statement, which came out of the articulate Major General Sibusiso Moyo was; “His Excellency the President and Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces and family are safe. We are only targeting criminals around him.” This is what the people held on to as they awaited the enunciation of the new Cabinet. When names started rolling out on ZTV the people were aghast. Some of the people they perceived as criminals were now going to surround the new President and Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces. So were the people conned into believing there was a cleaning exercise taking place or it was just a ruse to buy them into internal Zanu-PF politics? The numbers of people from the high society of Zimbabwe who will be arrested and seriously prosecuted for commercial crimes, chief of which will be abuse of of- that will answer this question. If it ends with Dr Chombo, (Inoocent) Hamandishe and (Kudzanai) Chipanga then the people have a right to feel this was, but a big modern con. It is not too much to expect that at some point between now and the next elections those Auditor General’s reports will be dusted and perused for any suggestions of criminal misconduct and those implicated investigated. The “targeting of criminals” should not end with the ascendancy of President That should only give it impetus. Criminals are only deterred or emboldened by consequences. If the consequences are that one gets to keep their loot under the guise of starting on a clean slate then we are setting wrong precedents. A slate can only be clean if everyone restores what they looted back to the granaries and only keep the fruit of hard and honest work. If the consequences are that there is an said criminals will be emboldened. If the President has put criminals close to him again like the last President was accused of, then it is wrong. Zimbabweans expect justice to catch up with these regardless of their current station. It won’t be an indictment on the President if one of his current ministers is indicted for criminal conduct. It will be a feather on his transparency hat. As much as this columnist is an establishment writer, there is no doubt that there are people who are accused of malfeasance around the President right now. These are part of the legacy of the last administration, which left among other great achievements a legacy of corruption. When the ZDF launched Operation Restore Legacy that is not the legacy they wanted to the legacy of the liberation struggle. But the operation was not for the restoration of those with a legacy of corruption. These should surely face their day in court, but for now they should not be near the most powerful man in the land. We don’t do names up the laces. There is one minister who has been brought back whose reputation is marring the new cabinet. There are also very good choices in there, but this yeast is fermenting the whole lump of dour. The efforts that have taken place from mid- November to this day have already borne fruit as the signs of economic stability or at least readjustment are there for all to see. What is not yet proved is the sustainability of these rains. The reasons given and accepted for the interventions were the need for social progress. The Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces posited that Zimbabwe had not seen ary party which intruded on the operations of Government. But the major part has also been the corrupt activities of some in Government at a very high level. From Major General SB Moyo’s brilliantly drafted and equally brilliantly delivered statement, it was clear there was organised crime which included some of those at a very high level Government who were riding roughshod with our resources, our governance and our laws. Some of those are reported to have sought that they not be persecuted. That is well and good. They should not be persecuted. We are not barbarians. But they should be prosecuted because their prison matter of ifs or buts. They bragged about it and gave interviews about it. The witnesses are there. We can’t have one rule for a certain class and another rule for the rest of us. The law needs to take its course and do so blindly. Zimbabweans need to continue to feel good about this new administration. And the only way that can happen is if it sustains its break from a lot that happened in the past. This columnist has sat down in many a forum defending this administration postulating that this is not another Mugabe rule, but in name. It is time the administration paid back for the faith by coming good. Is it too early days? No, it’s not. There are no better times than now. -The Herald

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