AS the run-up to the Swapo elective congress heads into its final stretch, the social media disinformation and fake news machinery is hitting overdrive.
It is often sad to see the level of vitriolic attacks that seem to be driven by pure, blind hate, which are being funded by individuals who have little or no desire to see the country progress and are hell-bent on not seeing the economic cake being shared equally.
If we are to be honest with ourselves, we have to acknowledge that over the years, the same group of elite, politically-connected individuals have been feasting on the spoils of our liberation.
It is exactly those individuals who are advocating for political chaos, under the banner of democracy.
It is an open secret that a tiny group, which saw themselves as kingmakers, ahead of the 2012 Swapo Congress, have now seen the tender taps being closed on them.
These wolves in sheep’s clothing have now opened their purse strings ahead of the congress, in a last-ditch attempt to force their way to the front of the eating queue once again.
Among their strategies is to use the insecurities of the ailing old guard politicians, who will be competing with the youth and women for Swapo Central Committee posts.
The current Swapo-led administration, which has inherited much of the economic headwinds that the country is battling to sail through, is being targeted, simply because these tenderpreneurs no longer enjoy laissez-faire access to the State coffers.
The bile spewing from their supporters, who they obtained by hook or crook, is scary indeed, because although they preach about democratic processes, their strategy is about the continued economic exclusion of the majority.
It is astounding that 27 years after independence, it is the same circle of business personalities that are continually getting richer and richer.
This can no longer be allowed to continue to a democratic Namibia. This is not what was fought for during the struggle.
In the South African context, for example, much noise has been made about State capture, and yet Namibians have been largely avoiding a national debate on our very own tenderpreneurs, who continue to sharpen their knives and forks to eat, while the masses scrounge around to feed their families each day.
These Gucci-wearing, SUV-driving looters have been holding the country ransom as they ransack treasury and fight proxy wars against those in government, who want to cut out this cancer that has pervaded and infected our society for too long.
The majority should be clamouring for the days to be over when political-connectedness or your proximity to a senior State official is enough to give you an unfair advantage over those who simply want a level playing field, and a battle based on merit and expertise, when it comes to State and private business. In a country of 2.5 million people, there are those who are crying each night, because they and their children go to bed hungry, while these greedy elites sip on Moet and entertain their growing list of side-chicks and side-boys.
In their world, we are the sheep, who can be twisted and manipulated through them throwing money around and buying influence and power.
In their world we are an unnecessary hindrance that costs government billions to take care of, in terms of social spending.
The message has to go out loud and clear that we are no longer willing to be treated like
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