Swapo's aborted political babies

The ruling party is perceived to be failing at retaining its protégés, because of its inability to harmonise generational ideologies and ambitions.

24 February 2021 | Politics

MATHIAS HAUFIKU

WINDHOEK



The old adage “babies grow so fast” has a literal meaning within the corridors of power in the Swapo Party, with some of the party's political products now aiming to bring an end to the Swapo rule. The ruling Swapo Party was once seen as a beacon of hope in post-apartheid Namibia.

But more than three decades later, the party has been mired in countless corruption scandals, division and intense infighting which have rocked its core. Much of Swapo's current problems are attributed to the apparent lack of political intelligence and ability to fend off antagonist ideologies as well as the departure of cadres who were next in line to receive the political baton to take the party forward.

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