ALLOW me to respond to the article that appeared in an online newspaper, The Villager, of 3 November, titled ‘Geingob sailing on substantial executive level support – analysts… as regions shy from openly endorsing Team Swapo’, which makes one wonder if some Namibian political analysts have any clue of what they are talking about.
Under the spotlight, Namibia’s political analysts Ndumbah Kamwanyah and Henning Melber were off the mark in their seemingly biased analysis.
Until people start questioning and correcting such analyses, the nation will be led astray.
For example, people like Petrus Haingura of “Team Swapo” are already claiming that endorsements are illegal and unconstitutional. Isn’t that the anecdote coming from such misleading analyses? It is disservice to those that yearn for knowledge.
Instead of analysing the facts at hand, such political analysts are sowing seeds of confusion, mistrust, and doubt among regional bodies. This means that they are pitting the different structures – branches, sections, districts and the executive regional bodies – against one another.
From the onset, if political analysts are uncertain or have no idea about how the system works or the subject, there is no harm not to comment. They say silence is golden. Intellectuals should be careful in how they respond to queries, lest they become a liability to the nation.
Now, it must be understood that any regional executive body of a political party or any organisation draws its pool from the different branches, sections and districts. Simply, the executive body of a region represents the aspirations of a given area.
Upon deliberations that take place at branch, sectional and district level, the executive body comes up with a regional position.
Therefore, it’s quite disingenuous to speculate that different levels of a region to the congress would come up with different positions. If there was a split, such disagreements will be made known, as people are not robots.
In the case of the upcoming Swapo Congress, the regional endorsements are a true reflection of the regional position.
Without doubt, all those regions that have officially endorsed Team Hage will most likely vote as such, to preserve regional unity and the interests of the nation, at heart.
Undoubtedly, with the current regional and structural endorsements, in favour of Team Hage, one would easily conclude that the team will win all the contested positions.
The reason being is that President Hage Geingob’s vision for the country have resonated with the masses – the destitute and homeless, pensioners, the private sector and the public.
As for those that think that endorsements are “annoying”, then one must tell accomplished democratic states such as the United States of America, where the practice is common.
If anything, such annoyances are personal irritations that should be nursed in a private setting. There is nothing wrong in endorsing a candidate of one’s choice. It’s a democratic practice that spans over decades.
Isn’t that hypocrisy at its best? If it was a different candidate receiving those endorsements other than President Geingob, the very political analysts would be singing a different song.
If anything, our political analysts must see the beauty of democracy, when such endorsements are made, without building conspiracy theories.
So far, it’s evident that President Geingob still enjoys the support of many Namibians, across the political divide.
For those that get irritated by such endorsements, they must swallow that bitter pill. If we start cherry-picking what is acceptable in a democratic climate, then someone might start claiming that polling is a threat to democracy.
Without question, democracy is not just about voting, but about allowing people to freely express themselves, without being stifled.
For Melber to even suggest that “… such endorsements should not be made at all” is scary, and resembles some dictatorial tendencies.
It is a thought that should not be entertained at any cost!
Further, it’s normal to have representatives speaking on behalf of a branch, section, district, and region – meaning that delegates don’t attend such conventions in their personal capacity, but they represent and speak for their constituencies. Anyone doing the opposite would be betraying that public trust.
All in all, some Namibian political analysts must put their house in order, by being fair and square, when digesting issues of national importance. In their practice, impartiality should be the keyword otherwise a nation will be “crippled”.
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