Namibia has gone to the dogs – Nambinga
While forming a new political faction is not possible at the moment due to the political climate and the Covid-19 pandemic, Nambinga said he would not hesitate given the chance.
08 July 2021 | Politics
Former Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) president Jeremiah Nambinga has placed blame for the current state of the economy squarely on the Swapo-led government’s shoulders.
He added that there are no opposition parties different from the ruling party, which is why he has not joined a faction since he left active politics in 2018.
Nambinga revealed a number of people have requested to form a political party with him since his resignation from RDP. This, he said, is not possible at the moment due to the political landscape and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nambinga, who said the country has “gone to the dogs”, clarified that he is, however, not hesitant to be part of a new political formation.
“I am not a member of a political party. If the environment was good then I could get youthful people to groom. I would not hesitate because this country has gone to the dogs, to say the least,” he said.
“Currently, I am just busy doing my business. The future is very difficult to predict during this pandemic.”
When asked why he has not joined an opposition party like the Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) or the Landless People’s Movement (LPM), he said those parties were not founded on principles and care for the nation, but out of their opposition to President Hage Geingob.
“I am not aware of any opposition political party that is against what Swapo is doing. What I am aware of is people who have developed political parties out of hatred towards Geingob,” Nambinga said.
“I am not against Geingob as an individual. Some political parties have become opposition as they wanted to take over the leadership of Swapo and after having failed to do so, they then decided to form their own political parties.
“They must have been under pressure to set up a new political party but had they succeeded, they would have been part of Swapo today,” he said.
Namibia is rich
Meanwhile, Nambinga described Namibia as a rich country and said if resources were managed properly, issues such as youth unemployment and poverty would not exist.
“If our resources were well controlled and we had a vision of where we wanted to go and where we wanted our people to go, certainly Namibia would not be where it is today. I am blaming the Swapo-led government,” he said.
When asked what can be done to solve Namibia’s problems, Nambinga mentioned trimming Cabinet and avoid spending on unnecessary things.