Swapo must be laughing hysterically

15 September 2020 | Opinion

With only two months left before the much-hyped regional and local authority elections, the country's opposition is divided – a comedy show that Swapo must surely be enjoying from a distance.

Swapo hasn't had a good laugh in a very long time, for obvious reasons. And now the party is giggling like schoolgirls at the comedy of errors that is its opposition adversaries.

The formation of the Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) has caught Panduleni Itula's bedfellows in the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) unawares.

With AR's Knowledge Ipinge branding Itula a 'hypocrite' for his party's ban of independent candidates, relations between these two formations are non-existent.

Then over the weekend, the only two other political formations worth mentioning, LPM and PDM, were at each other's throats.

The LPM attacked PDM and its leader McHenry Venaani in a statement issued on Sunday evening, with the former accusing the official opposition of dirty campaign tactics.

These series of events are playing to the gallery of a Swapo comeback from the ashes of last year's hot contest where the party's two-thirds majority went up in flames.

A divided opposition is the exact icing that Swapo needed on its cake going into this election.

While it's true that the opposition must unite on principles and not just for their common dislike for Swapo, going into this election as a united front would have only served to redeem our limping democracy.

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