Swapo can’t be left alone, Mr President!

26 February 2021 | Opinion

President Hage Geingob’s assertion that people shouldn’t worry about Swapo’s problems cannot be left unchallenged.

The president’s remarks seem to be rooted in misconception that those concerned about Swapo’s regression under his leadership are party outsiders. Murmurs of discontent are rife among party insiders – perhaps more so than outsiders.

Swapo cadres fear that the party’s decline would lead to the overall loss of its grip on power – if not outright dislodgement. Geingob too knows this, perhaps more than anyone in the party. After all, he sits high up where he has an aerial view of the party in its entirety.

Unlike financial markets that rely on the so-called invisible hand to self-correct, Swapo’s problems will not just fade away like daylight at sunset. President Geingob should therefore not get agitated when he is reminded of the true state of the party.

Swapo deputy secretary-general Marco Hausiku couldn’t have put it any better when he said last week that Swapo admitting its own problems would not be a sign of weakness. He is the first leader within the party’s top-four hierarchy to publicly admit to trouble brewing within.

Those problems, which have resulted in declining votes already, will persist as long as leaders do not acknowledge them. Otherwise, how would anyone start correcting the mistakes that they naively believe do not exist?

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