THE diminished public trust being shown in South African President Jacob Zuma, especially by his own party’s rank and file, hold far-reaching lessons for the Swapo Party, in terms of what it really wants for the country, and what ethical leadership is needed in Namibia’s ruling party.
The ascendance of Zuma to power, through his faction conniving to depose of his predecessor, former South African President Thabo Mbeki, draws parallels with how a group of greedy and corrupt high-profile Namibian businessmen and their political stooges are desperately working around-the-clock to oust Namibian President Hage Geingob.
Zuma is a natural-born political survivor, as he overcame a ninth no-confidence vote this week, despite the mountain of evidence of corrupt conduct that has emerged in recent months.
Zuma was elevated to power with the help of, amongst others the then ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema and former Cosatu Secretary-General Zwelinzima Vavi, as well as the South African Communist Party. However, his kingmakers are now regretting supporting him, while rejecting Mbeki’s steady leadership.
A similar scenario is playing out in Namibia currently, where high-profile greedy business people are working in cahoots with some vulnerable politicians to oust Geingob.
The Namibian leader is a target, due to his strong stance against corruption, which has brought the country to its economic knees.
Since coming to power, Geingob has put together a formidable team to investigate corrupt deals, which have cost government billions of dollars. This is coupled with the new procurement regulations, which appear to have angered the beneficiaries of State looting, who have been jumping like grasshoppers to stand in the way of Geingob’s next presidential term.
Just like Mbeki, Geingob is facing vilification through fake news and hate speech, engineered by the hostile businessmen and their political stooges, for his strong anti-corruption stand. The Head of State is receiving further attacks for his administration’s pursuance of several investigations into high-profile government officials, and their links to business people who have accumulated billions in inflated tenders, through dubious and underhand deals, all which precipitated the country’s economic meltdown.
For example, some known business people have demonstrated their disapproval of Geingob, after he refused their attempted State capture, to lure a multi-billion dollar bilateral Angolan-Namibian oil importation deal.
They have embarked on a malicious dirty campaign against the president on social media.
Geingob is facing vilification for putting an end to State looting, just like Mbeki, who lost his presidency after he allowed the Scorpions, a multidisciplinary agency that investigated and prosecuted organised crime and corruption, to investigate party members and businesses linked to corrupt schemes.
Mbeki ultimately fired Zuma after the Shabir Shaik fraud judgement, which found a corrupt relationship between the businessman and the current South African Head of State.
The Swapo Party must learn from the lessons of its sister organisation, the ANC, about 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 Swapo Party Congress, to pave way for their stooges, who can accommodate their corruption and State capture.
The question is whether Swapo will learn from the gross errors committed by the ANC or will Namibia follow the neighbouring country into the economic and political abyss.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015