Needed: Checks and balances

04 December 2018 | Columns

With earnest campaigning for the 2019 general elections set to kick off after the festive season, Swapo is yet to fully recover from the hangovers of its fiery 2017 elective congress that pitted Team Swapo against Team Harambee.

President Hage Geingob says after positions were procedurally contested - and won - at last year's sixth ordinary Swapo congress, it is time for these factions to bury the hatchet and move forward in the interest of the country.

Speaking at the party's extraordinary congress over the weekend, Geingob said the party gives the impression that it is at war with itself, “Swapo against Swapo and comrade against comrade”.

“I don't believe that,” Geingob said, while shooting down a request by those who had failed to clinch positions at last year's congress to have a platform availed to them to state their cases.

Geingob said the 2017 congress, as the “people's court”, had made its decision.

“[It] is easier for all to rally behind a winner if contestants, during the period of campaigning, played the ball and not the player,” Geingob said.

These are unsurprising comments, given that Geingob and his Harambee team need Team Swapo supporters to campaign effectively for the party next year.

The lack of unity thus threatens the party's stranglehold on electoral hegemony and is a threat to Geingob positioning his successor.

What remains to be seen is whether this internal Swapo wrangling can be effectively utilised by the opposition, which remains fragmented.

What would be good for the country is an opposition that is able to make inroads into Swapo's traditional support base, in the interest of growing democracy in the country.

Namibia is, essentially, at present a one-party state, in which the political elite operate with impunity.

What is needed is for a vibrant democracy to emerge, where the limitation of power results in the appropriate checks and balances that can keep a future executive on its toes and acting in the interest of the many, and not the few.

Similar News

 

Our big-spending defence ministry

11 hours ago | Columns

Recent calls by parliamentarians in the National Council to increase the defence budget make for interesting reading. Onesi constituency councillor Titus Kanyele recently suggested more...

The thorny street kid issue

1 day - 12 December 2018 | Columns

A study has found that children who live on the streets are primarily driven there by poverty.It found that the majority of Windhoek street children...

Suitable for the Namibian context

2 days ago - 11 December 2018 | Columns

We were pleased to see that the justice minister, Sacky Shangala, has held consultations with regards to sales in execution of homes. He met with...

The joy and love in Christmas carols

2 days ago - 11 December 2018 | Columns

Justicia Shipena Some people dislike December because they hate hearing Christmas music everywhere they go, or because standing in those long lines to purchase your...

The joy and love in Christmas carols

5 days ago - 08 December 2018 | Columns

Justicia Shipena Some people dislike December because they hate hearing Christmas music everywhere they go, or because standing in those long lines to purchase your...

Enough is enough!

6 days ago - 07 December 2018 | Columns

A five-day police operation conducted in all SADC countries has exposed rampant child neglect in Namibia, and it's shocking, too say the least.The crime-fighting operation,...

Corruption - A social disease (Part 150): Ministers’ accountability...

6 days ago - 07 December 2018 | Columns

Johan Coetzee - This article focuses on the recent case of John Mutorwa, the previous Minister of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development’s appointment of the...

Trying new things, the 2019 motto

6 days ago - 07 December 2018 | Columns

A new year is dawning upon us and we will soon be reading about New Year's resolutions and things that will be left behind in...

Auntie Nangy

6 days ago - 07 December 2018 | Columns

I am a grown manDear Auntie NangyI am a 17-year-old, I’m on school break and my mother is a little paranoid with me leaving the...

Hunger a threat to democracy

1 week ago - 06 December 2018 | Columns

In her book titled 'Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth - and How to Fix It', Zambian-born international economist and...

Latest News

Cops heavily in debt

11 hours ago | Police

The police chief, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga, yesterday gave President Hage Geingob a frank overview of the tragic state of affairs in the force.According to him...

Iilonga hailed as steadfast, courageous

11 hours ago | People

Tributes are pouring in for struggle veteran Petrus Iilonga, who died on Tuesday evening at the age of 71.Iilonga was a former trade unionist and...

Another tough half-year for Nictus

11 hours ago | Business

Jo-Maré Duddy – The recession continued eroding the profit of Nictus Holdings in the first six months of its current financial year, but its impact...

Our big-spending defence ministry

11 hours ago | Columns

Recent calls by parliamentarians in the National Council to increase the defence budget make for interesting reading. Onesi constituency councillor Titus Kanyele recently suggested more...

At your fingertips

11 hours ago | Technology

Yolanda Nel - After a break-in at her home three years ago, an entrepreneur decided to develop an app that provides emergency contact numbers at...

B1 crash claims three

11 hours ago | Accidents

Three men died on the Okahandja-Otjiwarongo road yesterday morning when their vehicles collided after one of the cars had crashed into a cow standing in...

Namvet to play politics

11 hours ago | Politics

The Namibia War Veterans Trust (Namvet) says it is considering entering the political fray by participating in the 2019 national elections after all attempts to...

Communities in dire need of...

11 hours ago | Disasters

Several areas have been identified as “hot spots” where communities are suffering from chronic water shortages and emergency water assistance is required. Agriculture...

Africa Briefs

11 hours ago | Economics

Tanzania to sign deal for power plantTanzania will sign a deal this week for the construction of a US$3 billion hydroelectric power plant, president John...

Load More