Windhoek — Following what looked like an attempted break-in at his house in Pionierspark on Friday March 15, SWANU president Usutuaije Maamberua has called for a security review of all MPs.
Ordinary Namibian parliamentarians do not have a security detail.
"All of Namibia is under threat now, particularly women, but it is worse for us politicians. I cannot specifically say that someone is targeting me, but I cannot rule it out; especially given the nature of this break-in," Maamberua told a media briefing yesterday.
Maamberua said the window by his bed was smashed, but no bricks were visible or any objects that could have been used to break the window. He also pointed to the fact that while most windows of his house were open, nothing was stolen, which gave him the impression that this was not an ordinary break-in.
He said he has never suffered any such attack or any attempt on his life before. He however felt extremely vulnerable after someone responded to his call in parliament for land expropriation. The person SMSed a local newspaper.
The SMS, which he said used angry language, accused him of wanting to create a "Zimbabwean situation".
He also suggested that he was well aware that with the expansion of SWANU some ambitious new members may want to take over his position as president.
He elaborated: "I do not fear for my life in the traditional sense; but being a politician I make statements that not everybody is happy with and we do not know how people will receive what we say. And I know the party is expanding and some people may be envious of the positions we hold. I also made a statement on land expropriation in parliament recently where I called for the expropriation of land saying government does not have the money to buy land. This was followed by a nasty SMS in The Namibian by someone who says I want to create a Zimbabwean situation and it was said with anger."
SWANU Secretary for Organising Unaani Kawami pleaded with government to provide national leaders better security.
"We plead, without being selective, that the State must provide security to vulnerable public representatives to avert anarchy and chaos in the country as well as to regain confidence in the law enforcement agencies in the country as illustrated by a proliferation of private security firms," said Kawami adding that reasonable measures to protect elected officials are necessary.