Swapo VP – Helmut Angula
THE year 2017 seems to have started in all earnest. I observed the editorial of a local weekly on the Huang saga. I refuse to be drawn into the content. I however have a different take on the Huang saga. We are failing to acknowledge that the President, whilst fully aware that his business partner is being investigated, allowed the said investigations to go unhindered, resulting in the arrest of Huang.
A person of the calibre of the President had at his disposal the machinery of the state, intelligence and all others. If he was not transparent, he would have interfered in the arrest of his partner. We all know about a number of rogue elements who could not be arrested due to their proximity to the powers that (might) be. Thus we have a president who is transparent or attempts to be, and he must be applauded for that. He deliberately and rightly so, refused to obstruct the course of justice due to the fact that our country is premised on the principle of the rule of law. If we are to find this President wanting on corporate governance and the principle of conflict of interest, let us do a lifestyle audit on the business friends who were in the circle of the President, when he was a candidate.
On the second point, I read with admiration that Job Amupanda is planning to stand for the position of Swapo President. Allow me to say that in terms of the Swapo precedents, any position apart from the Swapo presidency is up for “grabs”. It has been a precedent in Namibia, and elsewhere that the position of president of any ruling party, is ascended to by a sitting president. Dr. Geingob is the sitting president of Namibia, being ruled by Swapo. His term as President of the Republic has just started, and as it happened before, the election of the position of Swapo President found him whilst in office. I repeat, precedent dictates that he be elected President of Swapo. If my memory serves me well, no sitting President of my country was ever challenged for this position before. Changing this precedent will beg for questions. The position of the Swapo President, taking from history is thus automatically reserved for a sitting president. Our personal opinion about the President during a given situation, yours truly included, should not blind us as to the norm.
I therefore would support my young brother Job Amupanda, for any position, or anyone else in Swapo, but not for the position of the Swapo Presidency. This President cannot be recalled before the expiry of his term, not now, not tomorrow. I refuse to buy the argument that the tenderpreneurs discovered the President of a big country like Namibia, and thus they can ‘undiscover’ him. We should not allow a situation where the occupant of the highest office is being determined by non-political actors. The politics of the world is fast rejecting this notion or fallacy. The peace and stability of the country is more important than the ego of few millionaires, who made their money because of “insider trading”.
On the basis of the aforegoing, I opine that any call for a new President of Swapo is premature and ill-conceived and should be condemned with the contempt it deserves. The silence of the majority should not be equated with fear, whatever our status. The above resolve is not formed by my stomach or the fear of death, for I get nothing from those in power and fear no one in a country of my birth. As brother Amupanda rightly stated my death will lead to others emerging. My resolve is formed by the fact that I am born of this country, and place my country above everything and everyone else, for the sake of my first born. Yes I do agree with my brother that our party needs young blood from all tribes and race in useful positions, and that is a fact we should campaign for, brother Amupanda included.
May I in the same vein, express my support for the current administration’s effort in enforcing fiscal discipline. The author repeats that the current economic mess was not caused by President Geingob. It was caused by all of us. Yours truly is also guilty of not having paid tax for some time now, a situation he is trying to rectify, whatever the consequences to his limited assets. Others inflated tender prices to cater for the insiders, for too long we were misled with a fictitious surplus for all these years. We spent money we never had in the first place, we dished out land at below the market prices, took government toilet paper home and claimed overtime for work we never did. We are thus all accomplices, because we kept quiet at a time when we were required to talk.
To be continued…
Joshua Razikua Kaumbi is a holder of BA Political Science (UNAM), LLB (STELL) and a practising admitted attorney. Opinions expressed in his capacity as a Namibian by birth.
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