Swapo must outlive its members
22 January 2020 | Opinion
This critical moral question cannot be answered without bringing into sharper focus the status of unity in Swapo over the past couple of years. It would seem that the independent candidacy syndrome has picked up pace at a time when factionalism has taken its toll on the party and divisions have widened into unprecedented cracks. Surely, this cannot be a mere coincidence.
Factions in the party must put their egos and individualities aside and start showing more care for the institution itself. Leaders must swallow their pride and put the party first for its own sake. If this downward spiral continues, Swapo is in real danger of not only losing ground, but also of extinction. The United National Independence Party (UNIP), which governed Zambia from 1964 to 1991 under the socialist presidency of Kenneth Kaunda, does not even have a single seat in the Zambian National Assembly as we speak. Arrogance and an unwillingness to listen to logic are what have gotten UNIP on its tired knees today.
Swapo, if it still has the appetite to soldier on, must put factionalism to bed and start accommodating all its members as children of the same house who must all contribute towards invigorating the party that once dominated the political turf.