11 February 2013

Namibia?s Swapo Is a Big Family


EVEN Adam and Eve had their problems in paradise. For as long as there is human life, there are problems. In politics there are problems too.

People see politics as a career.

SWAPO however, is different, as it differed on principle. Those are, to this author's observation, godly principles such as non-racialism, freedom of oppression and freedom from discrimination in whatever form the majority of the population of Namibia can be attacked by those who attempt to undermine them.

These freedoms are fought hard for and Namibia's SWAPO family has paid dearly with the highest price - those of its own lives.

These cherished principles must be nurtured and not lost in advancement of careers. SWAPO is the custodian of those principles and the SWAPO family has paid an enormous price to achieve them.

This also means that it is behove on SWAPO to protect the second, the third and the fourth generations to ensure that these principles are not forgotten, but entrenched as a culture for a democratic, peaceful and working Namibia.

It is to be expected that criticism will always come up against SWAPO.

However, if looked at the bona fides and their roots, they actually come out of the belly of apartheid.

We should be careful not to be seduced by that so-called 'wise logic of human rights' of opportunistic criminals.

It should be remembered that the United Nations had classified apartheid as a crime against humanity. Indeed, those are criminals against human rights who put forward a disingenuous logic against SWAPO and its families. Human rights and corporate mainstream media will always attempt to polarise and weaken society by discrediting popular struggle movements and its leadership. They apply their own logic and focus on the perceived shortcomings of popular ruling parties, such as SWAPO.

Like SWAPO, many ruling parties in Africa, who fought against oppression, having sacrificed their own for it, have to face organised criticism from so-called human rights advocates and a civil society, pontificating from the readily available media platforms.

Udo W. Froese is a non-institutionalised, independent political and socio-economic analyst and columnist, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, also in Windhoek, Namibia.

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