THE core members of the so-called Masalad grouping have succeeded in convincing the unemployed and retired to rebel against the current leadership of the Swapo Party and the government. The Masalad group prey on the vulnerability of the unemployed, as they seem to be without an income or job security and most having depleted their pensions, and they were made to believe that their livelihood would return to normality, if they join the rebellion.
They were promised positions, wealth and tenders for family members. Some became so ambitious and greedy that they have forgotten the contribution they made to the struggle and the independence of Namibia.
Others were given a lifeline after the 2012 Swapo Congress as the president is an inclusive leader, a democrat and embraces everyone. However, they betrayed the president and have joined the rebel group, by attacking the head of party and government. Why can’t they resign if they are not happy with the appointing authority? You can’t have your bread buttered on both sides. That’s hypocrisy. Such is life, as their lifelong legacy is at risk of being completely wiped out.
However, what the senior leaders don’t realise is that the campaign of the Masalad faction is based on anger, hatred, personal gain and fear for their ill-acquired wealth. They had initially thought that they have captured the president, but quickly realised that it wasn’t the case, when they couldn’t get their tenders. They have now captured Nahas Angula and Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, as they became easy targets, due to their vulnerability and ambition for the highest office. Hence, the need to overthrow the current leadership. It has also now become tribal driven.
Ironically, delegates are beginning to shun the Masalad faction, as their campaign is based on lies and they are seen to be renting crowds. They claim to have support, which is not there. Delegates are questioning why they should ruin the chances of growing within the movement and government, if others had their chance for the past 27 years, and are out of the system. They have also earned their salaries over the 27 years, and it is not the fault of others that they are struggling, but their own.
The unemployed were pushed out by the very same people that are promising them positions. Where are the principles?
It is a reality that many among Swapo, such as the Masalad grouping, see their membership of the party as a means to advance their personal ambitions to attain positions of power and access to resources for their own individual gratification. Such is the story of the Masalad grouping!
Corruption and self-enrichment have begun creeping into Swapo and the government during former President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s term. The Masalad grouping created this self-enrichment scheme. Those that are at the forefront of the Masalad faction saw the opportunity, and in cahoots with State officials, started milking government through inflated State tender prices. Some of these projects are currently being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Commission.
The fact of the matter is that Swapo has failed to do the two things which the Founding Father, Dr Sam Nujoma, continuously advocates – to purge itself of the mercenaries who joined its ranks and to make it difficult for such elements to join the movement. The Masalad faction is a product of Affirmative Repositioning (AR) and AR is a product of them. Nujoma warned against those who see the Swapo as a mere tool to access political power and that corruptly acquired wealth would increase.
Delegates to the Swapo Congress recently remarked, “Our people are a great people and have an ardent love for life. They want better education, more stable jobs, healthcare, improved housing conditions and a beautiful environment. How would a group of non-starters achieve this, if the foundation of their campaign is based on tribalism, corruption, lies, hate, anger and revenge?”
Therefore, the people’s wish for a happy life is not their mission, and they are not able to promote reforms by accelerating the economy, and also speeding up political, cultural, social and ecological development. Are they to turn the blueprint into reality? Empty talk harms the country, while hard work makes it flourish.
The historic value system of the Swapo Party and government is being corrupted by the unprincipled access to political power and the related corrupt self-enrichment, which has in fact become the norm within the organisation and government.
It is important to encourage those within the ranks of the Swapo Party to remain genuine members, who are honestly committed to its historic value system.
They should take the necessary steps to change its self-destructive course or face the party’s destruction.
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