Navigating the Upcoming 2024 Elections

Brian Ngutjinazo

As we approach the 2024 elections, a mere perusal of various parties’ manifestos falls short of what is truly needed.

This year is of exceptional importance and demands that voters examine the performance of political parties that have wielded influence in Namibia’s parliamentary arena.

This approach is crucial as some political entities seem more driven by personal financial gain than genuine public service, prompting significant questions about their commitment to the welfare of their constituents.

EFFECTIVENESS

Consider constituencies such as Okakarara under Nudo and Epukiro under Swapo, which are emblematic of stagnation and a lack of development.

The neglected state of the road from Otjimanangombe to Eiseb, coupled with the deteriorating conditions at some schools and abandoned public offices and workshops, and no proper radio station in an election year, underscores the need for voters to critically evaluate the effectiveness of their elected representatives.

On a positive note, successes at Omaruru under the leadership of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) emphasises the transformative impact effective leadership can have on regional development.

Parties such as the Landless People’s Movement (LPM), guided by Bernadus Swartbooi and Henny Seibeb, have emerged as challengers to the established order.

LPM not only questions national policies, but seeks to redefine the political discourse.
Similarly, the PDM fights against social injustices, particularly those disproportionately affecting minority groups.

Establishing mobile clinics across Namibia over the past four years is a tangible manifestation of the party’s commitment to grassroots welfare.

FINANCIALS

A nuanced examination of the financial dynamics within political parties uncovers an intriguing paradox.

Parties such as the LPM and PDM, operating under the constraints of limited funds, managed to effect meaningful change in providing essential services and be advocates for marginalised communities.

This contrasts with a number of prevailing perceptions of the ruling party.

Allegations persist regarding the diversion of resources meant for public welfare towards self-serving interests.

This raises pertinent questions about resource allocation and the fiduciary responsibilities of those entrusted with the reins of power.

We should also not disregard the potential emergence of new political parties such as the Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) and possibly Affirmative Repositioning (AR) that could complement the LPM and PDM in empowering the Namibian people.

For their part, members of the ruling party consistently fail to promote free student registration, a cause taken up by activists such as Michael Amushelolo.

Now, as the elections approach, certain political parties are actively seeking the support of students.

INFORMED VOTERS

The clarion call to the Namibian electorate, especially eligible voters, resounds with urgency.

The fabric of the nation seems to be fraying at the edges.

The misuse of state funds for personal enrichment by a select few threatens to subvert the democratic ideals that underpin the nation’s governance structure. Adding to these challenges is the need for stringent regulations and thorough assessment of potential voting irregularities, ensuring that the electoral process remains untainted and reflects the aspirations of the Namibian populace.

As Namibia stands at the crossroads in this crucial year of elections, the responsibility rests on the shoulders of the electorate.

An informed vote is not just a civic duty, but a potent instrument for shaping the trajectory of the nation.

In the face of dynamic political landscapes, the call to action echoes loud and clear – each vote cast must be a conscious choice, a measured decision that safeguards the essence of democracy and propels Namibia towards a future of genuine progress and inclusivity.

  • Brian Ngutjinazo is a political analyst; this article is written in his personal capacity.

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