Don`t move Kongola Hostel

Good morning Namibia! I am back after my two articles over the issue of Kongola Combined School hostel titled hostel tug-of-war of Monday, October 22 2012 and No reason to shift hostel from Kongola Monday, November 05, 2012 in the New Era Newspaper.

I greet you all in the name of Namibia as an independent country , Peace ,harmony and tranquility should prevail among yourselves as brothers and sisters.
First and foremost let me thank and congratulate our regional honourable Governor, Lawrence Sampofu and his team who made it possible to invite the two communities of Kongola and Sesheke who are on dispute over the hostel intended to be constructed in Kongola Constituency.

They did a tremendous job of giving them a strategic and tactical advice to seriously advocate to a better resolution in reason in a peaceful manner. There was a positive atmosphere during the deliberation in the meeting since they regard themselves as one family.

In the first instance they were totally at loggerheads because the Kongola Combined School hostel is gazetted in the NDP3 by Act of Parliament and Sesheke Combined school were also promised a hostel by certain government officials and were told to shift from their homesteads to pave the site for the promised hostel. Some went to an extent of dismantling their houses to respect the demand for the hostel.

The Sesheke community was not wrong because it was prominent personalities who requested them to shift without been compensated which was a great move so far. During the meeting they were all informed that the Kongola Constituency hostel which will include all members who are residing in the jurisdictions of Kongola Constituency and Kahinikwa residents inclusive.

The Kongola community was adamant to agree to such a new move because their rights to have the hostel forfeited. After all the two communities were convinced by telling them that the hostel or the new project intended was a primary school hostel. They were told to choose a neutral site where they will construct that new project but in contrast they were still complaining especially the Kongola community. The Sesheke were very happy because to them it was fair judgment.
Let me quote from the holy bible: 1Kings 3:16-28 Solomon’s Judgment

When the two women were fighting for a living son, Verse 23 then said the king, the one, this is my son that liveth and thy son is dead, and the other said , Nay; but thy son is dead and my son is the living. 24. And the king said, bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king 25. And the king the king said, divide the living child in two, and give half to one, and half to the other. 26. Then spoke the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child and in no wise slay it. But the other said, let it be neither nor thine, but divide it. 27. Then the king answered and said, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother therefore. 28. And Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and the feared there king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do the judgment.

Same applies to the two communities, when they were told to bring the hostel on the middle, the sesheke community were very happy because they loose nothing at all because their hostel was just a mere promise and ungazatted institution.

On the other side Kongola community were upset and confused with the judgment because their hostel had been grabbed strategically and tactically by those in power. They were toothless and regarded as second Citizenry in Namibia. They have no choice after all. All Indunas councilors) were given mandate to decide upon any project that comes in their area. So, the judgment was very harsh and heavy for the Kongola community. To them it was a great loss and felt undermined by the people in power. Mattew 22:21 Tribute to Caesar: they say unto him, Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s. That is true, please give Kongola that belongs to Kongola, and give god that belongs to God.

The hostel is gazetted in the name of Kongola combined hostel but they want to swindle it to Kongola constituency to suit their interests. I want to emphasize and assure you all that Kongola combined hostel will remain unchanged. There is no one above the law who can swindle something gazetted by Act of parliament unless otherwise.
I would like to congratulate and thank the education directorate who informed the meeting that they applied these hostels in Caprivi by giving names and identified the schools with high enrollment in Sibbinda circuit and Kongola constituency. The people in the meeting were divided after the statements. Some of us were happy because that was reality.

An educationalist should come up with the truth and that is the type of leadership we go for. Let us call spade-a-spade to solve some of the problems in the region to avoid unnecessary disputes and misunderstanding among us.

Kongola has a vast of land than forcing people to shift from their homesteads and suitable places without compensation. My serious question: what will happen to those who shifted from Sesheke village and how will their leaders convince them to come back to their village if the hostel is now in the midland?
Construction at the relevant place and that is Kongola combined school without alternative. We have never wronged anyone in Namibia and we shall remain united. We are also legible voters and very positive to all government policies.

We shall not support the policy of divide and rule in the Mashi area. The Kongola and Sesheke people are one and the same. It is like Datsun/Nissan are the same. Particularly me (Mr. Mutelo) I decided to choose Sesheke combined school when the IUCN under the auspices of Mr. Ben Kamweneshe who intended to build a block of two classes at any school. Because Sesheke had one block of classes, I told him to build it at Sesheke, if I was a tribalist and selfish I could choose Kongola Combined School where I am a resident.

We should learn to support one another disregarding tribalism and nepotism in Namibia. We depend on Sesheke clinic for medication, we don’t need to bring that clinic next to Kongola but all along we are used to walk because that is the nearest clinic. Now why can’t they do likewise to the gazetted hostel?
The Sesheke community applied for a medical health centre to upgrade their clinic which is a very good move but they will also need other communities to support them to qualify and the only nearest over-populated community is Kongola. We have no problem with the Sesheke community so far since we used to share some resources long back.

Written by Mr Bornwell Kwibisa Mutelo
Katima Mulilo


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