Judiciary captured by Swapo – LPM
07 February 2020 | Politics
The Landless People's Movement claims that the country's judiciary has been captured by Swapo following a judgement delivered in the Supreme Court that no new elections would be held.
Chief Justice Peter Shivute had dismissed a bid by Dr Panduleni Itula to have the presidential election nullified. Itula stood as an independent candidate in the poll held last November, a first for Namibia, and managed to diminish President Hage Geingob's support, gaining 29.4% of the popular vote.
LPM president Bernadus Swartbooi, a former Swapo member and deputy minister of land reform in Geingob's first Cabinet, made the claims following the judgement delivered on Wednesday. “The Supreme Court as a representative of the judiciary and, in fact, the entire judiciary is but a captured system of the deep state that represents Swapo and was never going to order the setting aside of the presidential election,” he said.
“We said it, that is why when we had our discussions around how elections were rigged. We said that we will not go to the same Swapo courts because they will never in the fundamental issues disappoint the masters they serve.”
Swartbooi alluded that Swapo, through government, was able to manipulate the judiciary. “The Supreme Court and the judiciary, with a few exceptions, are supremely loyal to those who feed them, pay their water bills and hire their wives also as judges of the courts. The judges of this country are the judges of the Swapo Party.”
He added that Shivute would benefit from spending time with his South African counterpart, Mogoeng Mogoeng. “When chief justice Peter Shivute started, it was so beautiful, then he turned it around,” said Swartbooi.