EDITORIAL: Swapo must be laughing hysterically

12 October 2021 | Opinion

The country’s opposition remains divided – a comedy show that Swapo must surely be enjoying from a distance.

The ruling party hasn’t had a good laugh in a very long time, for obvious reasons. And now Swapo must be giggling at the comedy of divisiveness that the opposition adversaries are currently occupied with.

At the City of Windhoek, for example, Landless People’s Movement (LPM) councillor Sade Gawanas has had no kind words for the ruling coalition, especially mayor Job Amupanda.

True, being on the opposition side of the political divide, while it’s a common denominator, doesn’t make these formations automatic bedfellows.

Robust conversations, even uncomfortable ones, must be had. But when all is said and done, unity is strength.

While Affirmative Repositioning seems to be buddies with the Independent Patriots for Change (IPC), perhaps for convenience, the two formations do not see eye to eye at Walvis Bay.

Cracks of distrust are also widening by the day between LPM and the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), the only other opposition parties worth mentioning.

This series of events is playing to the gallery of a Swapo comeback from the ashes of the 2019 hot contest where the party’s two-thirds majority went up in smoke.

While it’s true that the opposition must unite on principle and not just for their common dislike of Swapo, going into future elections as a united front would have only served to redeem our limping democracy.

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