The 2019 elections: no issues, boring, no excitement, no spark and no hope

19 August 2019 | Opinion

Dr Kuiri F Tjipangandjara writes:



To date, there is nothing engaging about the 2019 elections, and absolutely nothing worth writing home about.

By this time, one was expecting the candidates to have shared their perspective on the state of the nation, the challenges the country is facing, and their strategies and implementation plans to remedy the crises that Namibians are currently experiencing.

By this time, one was expecting the candidates to be actively promoting their plans for more transparent and accountable governance, while highlighting the systems and processes needed to achieve a more equitable and democratic union.

By this time, one was expecting the candidates to have generated sufficient excitement about the elections, and our collective future, to ensure that all registered citizens exercise their rights at the voting booths on 27 November.

By this time, one was expecting the candidates to have given the nation concrete reasons to hope for a better tomorrow.

Instead, all that one has seen and heard are colourful wardrobes, new dance routines, empty slogans, deafening hand-clapping, character assassinations and tribal undertones, which leave one fearful about our future.



*Dr Kuiri F Tjipangandjara (D Sci Eng) – was a former employee of NamWater, University of Namibia and Rossing Uranium Mine. He holds degrees from Lincoln University and Columbia University in the USA.

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