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Watching the Nation

THE YEAR has practically ended and as we count the days to enter the New Year, we at The Caprivi Vision would like to reflect on the past year with this last edition as you travel from afar, across the four corners of the country to join your loved ones in celebrating your sweat to put food on the table for the last 12 months.

Caprivi Vision Editor and Publisher, Mr Risco Mashete Lumamezi

Caprivi Vision Editor and Publisher, Mr Risco Mashete Lumamezi

And as we kick the past year into the distance of memory and unlock the New Year, it is important for us to look back and recap on the previous editions we have published and the challenges faced in bringing out these editions so that you could be properly informed and thus make decisions accordingly.

What you need to know upfront is that in 2016, we published this paper without any donor funding or working capital, and for this we wish to thank all our advertisers who made things possible. Our advertisers consistently injected money into this paper, and thus helped us to be where we are today.

Being a community or regional paper, we tried to investigate and publish issues that we thought were closer to your heart, especially issues pertaining to the socio- economic development and socio-political tolerance, which we believe are the centre of our existence.

Some stories we wrote and published highlighted the challenges our community faces but there were no easy solutions to them. These are yet to come and we hope that our perseverance in reporting these issues will generate the necessary debate to bring forth ideas to help solve them.

For example, some of the stories we carried are at the heart of this society because we believe in an independent print media. Democracy, we believe, cannot be sharpened if freedom of speech and expression cannot be enjoyed by all of us.

In particular, October 2015 edition was a test for our core values of democracy as enshrined in our Constitution, Chapter 3 Article 5–25) which was adopted from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as drafted in 1948 by all member states of this world.

September 6, 2016 interrogation by notorious Nampol crewmembers of the Caprivi High Treason case with the editor of The Caprivi Vision Mr. Risco Mashete Lumamezi, on the telephonic interview conducted October 22, 2015 with Mr. Mishake Muyongo an exile politician is a signal of sabotaging the fundamental freedom of expression and media enshrined in the Namibian Constitution.

This incidence will never be forgotten as long as Our eyes are still open, and would like to set the fact right that September 6, Detective Chief Inspector Evans Simasiku and Inspector Eimo Popyianawa picked up the Caprivi Vision Editor to make statement against the news item titled “Hardtalk with Muyongo”

In this October 23 – November 15, 2015 edition, we merely exercised our freedom of expression and of the media by publishing Mr Mishake Muyongo’s telephonic interview. This brought a lot of accusations of threats, and some elements within the social circle have shown a negative attitude to hold our editorial policy in publishing stories of such nature.

Caprivi Vision is not a political party or the editor of this paper who is threatened, but is here in creating the reading culture by informing, educating and entertaining the nation on what is happening.

We still have it on records in the past that some political cohorts have called for the creation of a media council to regulate media houses because of what we have been publishing.

We will therefore continue to promote democracy by providing editorial content that will stimulate debate on pertinent and burning issues such as human rights and democracy in Namibia.

We believe people should not be starved of news. Currently we are only short of funds to buy our own printing press and produce this paper every day under one roof.

That is our dream and perhaps it will happen soon.

Welcome 2017!




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