POLITICAL desperation of economic vultures Desperate efforts by an insignificant business crew to instigate Swapo’s old guard against one another ahead of the decisive Swapo party congress later this year will prove futile. A group of middlemen or self-anointed businessmen have been hopping from a different respectable liberation struggle icon to another, with the view of instigating them against the current President Hage Geingob at the forthcoming congress.
Ordinary wisdom dictates that the Swapo old guard will always stick together to protect the party’s ideology and principles from greedy economic vultures.
It is a well-known fact that the business vultures are desperately fighting to extend their looting of public resources by buying the respect of the Swapo’s old guard with their ill-gotten wealth but their desperation will come to naught.
The old guard or the Tanganyika group, as the veterans are famously known as, can fight and used to fight but will end up united when it comes to the legacy and ideology of the ruling party.
It is most improbable that they will let economic self-interest of the corrupt few to hijack the ideological principles of the party.
The Swapo party must learn from the lessons of its sister organisation, the African National Congress (ANC) how self-serving economic interests have destroyed its political and ideological identity.
Through their ill-gotten wealth, the corrupt elite crew in Namibia is trying to influence the outcome of the ruling party’s congress to pave way for leaders who can accommodate their corruption and ‘State capture’.
State capture has pushed the ANC into turmoil and deepened economic crisis in South Africa and therefore we need to do deep soul-searching before we allow economic vultures to hijack our State locally.
We are aware that some businesspeople in Namibia have been threatening Ministers to facilitate their business deals claiming that they owe them such favours as they were responsible for their ministerial positions.
The revelations from South Africa that the Gupta family has offered Cabinet posts to various people on behalf of President Jacob Zuma have thrown the ANC government into disarray. This indicates the extent to which corruption has extended itself to the executive branch of government and to the heart of the ANC itself.
The fact that a private family can decide who serves in the Cabinet shines a spotlight on the rottenness of the scandal-prone Zuma presidency.
Swapo must ensure that candidates for senior party leadership positions are thoroughly vetted in order to ensure that the party protects its political ideological identity.
The party should also set up a commission to do lifestyle audits on potential leadership candidates; otherwise anyone can take over the Swapo party because there would be nothing to protect its political and ideological identity.
Beneficiaries of corruption and State capture will not give up without a fight. We should internalise that, if only to come up with solutions on what to do.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015