BAD LOSERS

WHAT is the difference between a Villager taking Government to court after losing a tender and The Villager taking Government to court after being rejected by the voters?

According to centuries’ old wisdom, one has to learn to appreciate losing in order to treasure winning.

Is it relevant to the present day village or should we discard it?

For sure, one is to be forgiven to assume The Villager is pro-corruption.

Listen to this, “Let’s call in the judge, because the result is not favourable to me. This result is supposed to be in my favour. It must be me, myself and I. I am the best and deserve everything. Don’t tell me anything about the procedures or the rules and regulations of this tender. Even if i didn’t follow them to the full, legally I will find my way around this.

“And you know what; I will certify the selection process to be free and fair only after I am announced the winner. Forget about these tender tips they are always telling us through the media. They can be broken anytime, because my pocket is a deep one, I can hire any lawyer at any cost. After all, the constitution of Namibia allows me to seek legal recourse whenever I feel my rights were tempered with.”

This is a patriotic Villager claiming the liberty to use his money on anything. He doesn’t care at all even if his actions are exactly the opposite of the definition of patriotism. He believes that he deserves everything that he puts his hands on.

Isn’t that being too corrupt? Who said some people have the DNA of getting everything their way?

The Villager is at pains to understand, and he wishes to be educated. Why then does the “patriotic Villager” resort to legal route whenever he fails to retain a tender? Don’t get The Villager wrong. He is not denying lawyers an income. No. After all that is another way to keep the dollar in circulation. And you know that their motion is on an hourly basis.

Every time a deserving Villager emerges victorious be it winning a tender or is rejected by voters, Government is taken to court and in some awkward instances, the winner is also dragged to court. That is the downside of the equation. The upper side, our dear professionals will be guaranteed good high paying clients who will be taking Government to the cleaners. That is when you hear all sorts of accusations about tribal and political connections. The Villager is left wondering whether when the tender was initially won the same scenario was at play. And if so, why would another Villager be tormented by other Villagers taking a leaf from the same? After all edhina lyombwa okumukweni holi monene. Unless The Villager is missing something.

The rules and regulations of any tender process are in black and white. Every business minded person has a strong memory when it comes to these rules. The business game starts with every player satisfying himself with the conditions, rules and regulations, closing time of the tender documents and also all the statutory documents.

Whoever enters this game is in consent with these. As far as The Villager can remember, the fellow “Patriotic Namibian” will not say a word during the process.

They will not see any faults with the tender process. In fact, they are well informed on who will sit on the tender panel, and many of them will even know the budget allocated to that particular tender.

These “Patriotic Villagers” will indeed have all the necessary information about the whole process. To them, there is nothing wrong, if they are having an unfair advantage over other players. They learnt the trick after having had the tender for ages to an extent that they have built a relationship with the administrators in the given ministry.

They get in a comfort zone as they can “manoeuvre the prices”. That’s where their naivety starts. Any Villager should never forget that every house has two entrances. That is okantu neelo (back and front doors). Apparently when in that mode, oha ya dhimbwa okugalikana ( they forget to pray), to some extent that they even forget that the meaning of the two entrances is not exit and entrance. An entrance to the house is not the same as an entrance to a parking area? Let The Villager not under- estimate your creativity, dear reader. You know the meaning mos? Unlike “Patriotic Villagers” who think they have a monopoly to “exercising their democratic rights to business information”.

What happens with other players, elenga iha li yaval mukwawo awa konghambe (they don’t care). True that. But in The Villager’s village that is ombwela (democrazy).

Why, and The Villager continues to ask; why is it that this legal route only becomes visible after the announcement of the tender results? Why do they want to take the Government to court for having provided them with an opportunity to empower themselves? Surely the Government can-not be held accountable if one fails to achieve in an open process, open and level playing field, where the playing pitch is well-marked for every player to see the boundaries.

The referees in this game are well trained. It must be noted that even if players have outside relationships with the referees, what happens in the field of play is going to be seen by everyone in the stadium.

Our players seem to forget that these referees are bound by rules and regulations with the whole process being done in the open. It doesn’t matter what a certain referee has promised you before the game. Even if he tells you to fall in the penalty area (if you want a penalty kick), sometimes events on the pitch will not allow you to go into the penalty area. That’s the football of business.

All political parties are well knowledgeable about the laws that govern our election systems. We have had many elections since our independence. We have seen all political parties readying themselves for this exercise.

The Villager gets excited when he sees the campaign trails of all political parties, the road shows and the posters splashed everywhere. The Villager also gets excited when politicians come out expressing their gratitude and appreciation on the peaceful and transparent manner the elections continue to be held from time to time. They all certify the elections as free and fair and hope that the results will come in their favour.

At this point in time, The Villager will indeed appreciate the conduct of all politicians as we wait for the counting of the ballots.

The Villager never thought that there was serious synergy between a politician and a businessperson. They each win mandates for a given period. And on expiry of their mandates, both Villagers seek renewal. One goes on a campaign trail from village to village canvassing for votes. The other fills in all sorts of tender papers. The objective is to renew their mandates. The moral of it is: konima yomaale iha ku zi omahini (nothing is forever). Talking of leaving no stone unturned, thumbs up to the judicial system. PF