THE heroes and heroines of Namibia’s bitter struggle against colonialism and apartheid would have turned their faces in disgust on Sunday, if they had surveyed the blatant politics of revenge, intra-tribalism and factionalism that was on display at the Swapo Central Committee.
Leading the charge were discarded former ministers, who were seen nominating candidates along intra-tribalism, regional and factional lines.
The Central Committee (CC) nominations, following the Swapo Politburo endorsing Geingob’s candidates unopposed days earlier, were telling, as they exposed a narrow agenda of factionalism and the manoeuvrings of those who did not make the Geingob ministerial cut, after he was overwhelmingly voted into power, and assumed the State presidency mantle in 2015.
Ex-ministers like Isak Katali, Richard Kamwi and Joel Kaapanda, among others, drew the battle lines against Geingob and affirmed rumours to undermine the incumbent. The nominations showcased the extent to which the disgruntled former ministers were willing to sacrifice unity.
It is ironic to note that the stooges of factionalism are following the very same people who engineered their downfall at the last congress.
Clearly, their motives to sow factionalism are not in the interest of the party, but are rather demonstrative of survival games to resuscitate their political careers at the expense of the party.
It is also shocking that the elders, who are supposed to guard the party against factionalism, are at the forefront of steering factionalism and creating division within the party, for which they surrendered their youth.
Without a doubt – and what is clear to all – is that the CC nominations are driven by exclusivist and parasitic interests, contrary to the interests of the Swapo Party.
It is imperative to reflect on what those who fought for Namibia aspired for, taking into consideration their relentless pleas for a unified Swapo Party.
A stock take of the present reality in the CC nominations shows that groupings, driving interests linked to cronyism, is more entrenched than ever.
Namibia is a nation that comes from a deeply divided history, characterised by deep animosity and suspicion, which is often heightened during election seasons.
This is so largely because individuals hailing from a few ethnic communities seek to dominate the political structures and economic resources of the country, to the exclusion of other communities.
Is this what the likes of Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo and Founding Father Sam Nujoma and others fought for?
Would the purveyors of these narrow interests have been able to look Kaptein Hendrik Witbooi, Chief Mandume Ya Ndemufayo, Chief Samuel Maherero, Chief Hosea Kutako, Eliaser Tuhadeleni, Anton Lubowski and many others, who gave their lives in a quest for a united Namibia, in the eye?
The politics of revenge and factionalism has reared its ugly head once again, and it is up to the Swapo Party delegates at the party’s elective congress to deal decisively with this poisonous and cruel beast once and for all.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015