ALLOW me to publish this short attached article in your newspaper.
Swapohood is a philosophy that goes as follows: ’Take all from the poor and give all to the rich’. It all started in exile with the aid given by the international community to Swapo leadership to sustain its cadres. However, the aid never served the purpose it was intented for. This aid never reached the cadres as the five top leaders of Swapo shared it among themselves. The cadres, mostly at the frontline, were left to live in poor conditions and without enough food to eat.
Secondly, from 1974 to the end of the liberation struggle in end the 80s, Swapo leaders in exile collected money and valuable items mainly expensive wristwatches from every individual arriving from Namibia, joining the liberation struggle. The promise given by Swapo officials being that Swapo will help to save the money for everyone and will return the money to the owners at an appropriate time. The argument for taking the expensive wristwatches from the arrivals was that devices in the watches were easily detectable by the enemy i.e. South African forces, therefore a risk to safety to the liberation movement. Swapo therefore, collected and registered hundreds of thousands of South African rands and watches from the new arrivals. The names of the owners were also recorded.
Did Swapo ever return the money and the wristwatches to the owners as was promised by the leadership? This never happened. These valuables ended up in the pockets of the Swapo leaders up to this day.
Thirdly, there are so many war veterans who have been disqualified and as such, have not benefited from the Namibian War Veterans’ Programme, and most of these compatriots continue to live in extreme poverty and experience rejection and humiliation. As I reflect a lot on this, the following idea comes to my mind. Would it not be fair for the Swapo government to return the money they collected from these indiviuals in exile? Would it not be fair if Swapo could return it with interest from the days the money was collected from them? This will lift the burden from the Swapo Government´s shoulders and ease the suffering of these poor compatriots. I raise this question because I think that it´s high time for Swapo to be reminded of the promise to return the money and watches to their owners.
Fourthly, if you go into Swapo archives and read about the number of refugees they have given to the international community when asking for aid and compare that to the number of Namibians repatriated by the United Nations at the end of the liberation struggle, you will understand that Swapo leaders have accumulated a huge mount of money in accordance with the false number of refugees they have given to the world community. This money too went into the pockets of the Swapo leaders. That was the reason why Swapo leaders told the five western powers that were negotiating for the independence of Namibia that, ”we are not ready for the independence of Namibia yet. We need two more years”.
They knew well that they were earning a fortune.
Fifthly, since the Independence of Namibia, Swapo leaders have been committed to a philosophy of Swapohood. Taxpayers’ money that is paid by the majority of Namibians is being misused to increase salaries of top leaders and that of their friends in the government that was only created to have ’friend-earned’ money for doing nothing, while teachers were being denied a decent income increase that would allow them to give the best education to the children who are the future of our nation.
If I have heard correctly, moves have also been made to pay salaries -with taxpayers’ money – to the wife of the President and that of the Vice President. That goes without saying, take from the poor and give to the rich. Swapohood is for real.
Keshi Pelao Nathanael
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