New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Political Twists and Turns

opinion

I am happy to write this article as my last assignment for the year. This is the only platform where I can mock politicians and their followers, without anyone calling a media conference to give me labels.

The Swapo Congress, which created speculation in many circles came and went. Prior to that, the three nominated candidates for the vice-presidency position, a precursor to State House in 2015 - Dr Hage Geingob, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Jerry Ekandjo - campaigned intensely.

Pendukeni's campaign message was quite for the best, in my view. But, she took it to the wrong people, who were not even delegates at the congress (the general public), through the media. I believe that caused her demise, and I don't blame her. She surrounded herself with all the wrong people she called her volunteers.

Ekandjo was not open to the media, and SPYL ruined his chances of winning. They threw around all sorts of accusations during the campaigns, with no evidence.

Even I knew that it was a big mistake and a heavy blow to the chances of Ekandjo.

As for Hage, I wouldn't say that it was his campaign strategy that made him win, as it was lame. Jah, the T-shirts distribution, and that newsletter kind of thing at the congress might have worked as it targeted delegates and not journalists. But he should thank the backing of President Pohamba and the presidential jet. He got well in time to Katima.

They say Pendukeni sold some of her votes to Hadago - if that is true, she made good bucks there. Remember she is a businesswoman!

Merely two days after the congress, Pohamba reshuffled some Cabinet ministers. Nahas was moved to Defence - if this is a demotion only Pohamba knows - and Hadago made a comeback to his first Cabinet post as PM.

Enough with Swapo, I will not talk about the Politburo's shocking election results. I commend Katutire Kaura for taking a bold decision to step down. McHenry Venaani and self-professed smart politician, Fillemon Moongo, might have started campaigning for the DTA's presidency.

Joseph Kauandenge, politician-cum-artiste, formed a political party, which he called his last political home. I can't recall what the name is. Forgive me Kaundange, unless you can tell me who the members are.

Chief Kuaima Riruako is not yet tired. The ageing NUDO president indicated his intention to stand for re-election early next year, and words are that he will stand unopposed. What I don't understand is - are there no other capable leaders in NUDO?

Finally, let credit go where it is due. The Swapo Congress was a good example of democracy.

The Namibian nation is now more united and Swapo will become stronger with the re-election of Hadago as VP. You see, the other day 48 people in the Kunene Region joined the party. For me, the biggest winner of 2012 is none other than Laura McLeod-Katjirua - from regional governor to deputy secretary general of a party like Swapo, and against Abraham Iyambo for that matter. She did it the Obama way!

Dear readers, I extend my festive season's greetings to you all, you can all join me for a crate of beers as that is what I guzzle the best.

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