WHEN the members of a ruling party faction, calling themselves ‘Team Swapo’, invaded a private lunch, hosted by Walvis Bay business mogul and philanthropist John Savva, for Founding President Dr Sam Nujoma, Swapo Congress politics hit a new low.
Images of this ambush was then paraded on social media, which was a strategy employed to deviously claim that the Founding Father supports, not only ‘Team Swapo’, but their sentiments that the party is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
‘Team Swapo’, which has already been unmasked for its factional approach, and which has tried to resurrect themselves, after being branded since the beginning of the year as the ‘Masalad’ grouping, has found the road to congress a difficult one.
The cornerstone of their strategy has been that the ruling party is now somehow in the last stages of a terminal illness.
Their poorly attended ‘Star Rally’ at Oshakati Stadium earlier this month left much to be desired, as they unpacked issues surrounding challenges in the country, while effectively disowning their role, even though they serve in government and on the highest structures of the Swapo Party.
They claim Swapo is in tatters, and have also raised the spectre that if the party dies, voters will have to cast their ballots for another entity. But sadly, this also puts them in the firing line, unless they are attending Swapo Central Committee and Politburo meetings while wearing muzzles and headphones. Their strategy of cheap shots, ambushing private gatherings and blame-shifting is a sad indictment on a faction that finds itself in the ICU ward of national politics, well ahead of the 23 to 26 November Swapo Congress. A key strategy of dirty politics is raising false dust, so as to cloud national focus, while blurring the clear identification and knowledge of who the real enemy is. Over the past weeks, this tactic has been employed relentlessly by ‘Team Swapo’, while they have tried to hold up a mirror for others, and ended up looking at themselves. As if to undermine the peace and stability we enjoy, the current phase of speeches from ‘Team Swapo’ candidates carry with them lots of humorous twists and turns. One such comedic moment, which is being replayed at every ‘Team Swapo’ gathering, is the spin that the ruling party is in ICU.
It is sad that they do not see that they are, in fact, attacking Nujoma and his successor, former President Hifikepunye Pohamba, who still serve as invaluable fountains of wisdom on the Swapo Central Committee. This talk of Swapo being on its deathbed, in order to smite President Hage Geingob, sees ‘Team Swapo’ cast a huge shadow on the former presidents of the party, and is in essence, an attempt to degrade their work and legacies, which even today, we hold in high regard. Needless to say, both the Founding Father and Pohamba also sit on the Presidential Advisory Council, which advices Geingob on key government policies and interventions, and hence an outright attack on Geingob’s policies trickles down as an attack on our statesmen. It is worrisome that the predatory kleptocrats, and their coterie of sinister and surreal minions, seek to play at political strategy, while using ‘Team Swapo’ members to do their dirty work.
There is a very real danger that the level of politics will sink even further, as these puppet masters use their political fronts to badmouth and create a dust cloud of false narratives.
History, including our own, is replete with instances where this time-worn strategy of ‘divide and rule’ has been employed, but the big question is: Who will be fooled by this current narrative?
It is time for, not only Swapo members, but the country to speak in one voice, and reject such strategies.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015