Political Perspective

Political Perspective

THE political goings-on are such at present that the elections are rendered almost irrelevant at this point, and none of the parties seem really fussed about them.

The pre-occupation as a whole is with the shenanigans in the various parties with the jockeying for positions ahead of the elections, and of course the internal rifts that have come about for these and other reasons. Over and above this, the President has shown that he’s still very much in charge, and if people thought to the contrary, the events of the past weekend would leave them sadly disabused.THERE have been a host of casualties in the ruling party, and some fairly prominent names have sunk so low on the list that there is scant hope of ever reviving them.Mostly because of real or perceived connections with the former Foreign Affairs Minister, Hidipo Hamutenya.Those who survived are putting a brave face on things, saying there’s nothing sinister or untoward about what happened and that everything went ahead according to plan over the weekend.Those who didn’t make it have a different viewpoint of course, and this all takes place within the framework of a political scenario that’s absolutely fraught with more rumours and gossip than usual, so it’s getting harder to tell truth from fiction.On the surface things are calm.Just underneath, there is simmering discontent, not to mention fear and apprehension, which appears to be deliberately fuelled.The President’s ‘top ten’ list was a sight to behold, and some of those on it are now starting to earn their nominations by appealing for more rewards for the father of the struggle.Seems they deem his generous package insufficient, and they now want to top it up with a ‘gift’ of State House.The list is likely to grow at the same rate as the sycophants get named.Obviously the main focus is what’s been happening in the ruling party, Swapo, concerning what may be called the ‘Hamutenya divide’.Again loyalists will allege all is well, while at the same time they’ve been fanning the flames of dissent by, among others, the Nghifitikeko e-mail campaign, which most certainly enjoys the blessing of those on high in a blatant attempt to discredit key party stalwarts on charges of alleged corruption and all kinds of other accusations.And of course, if the truth be told, there is good and bad on both sides of the Nujoma-Hamutenya split.I for one won’t weep crocodile tears at the political demise of Kandy Nehova, for example, because it’s been a long time coming; but I wouldn’t have bemoaned Paulus Kapia’s omission from the President’s ‘top ten’ list, in the unlikely event he’d chosen not to give this hot-head a super status! But the President has obviously decided Kapia is destined for bigger and better things, so be it on his own head when the chickens come home to roost one day.Then it looks like the CoD may have its casualties as well, although I haven’t managed to plumb the depths of the discontent in this grouping thus far.Nudo, too, has had its share of wrangling.And perhaps totally extraneous to all this, is the actual polling that will take place in the near future.Will Swapo experience a downturn in votes as people register their discontent at the purge that has taken place? Or will it return to power with a further boost to its two-thirds majority?These are really the issues people are talking about, because the outcome is largely a foregone conclusion.And above all else, President Nujoma has again emerged unscathed and more powerful than ever before.The question is of course: will another win be enough for him now or does he plan to continue against perceived enemies of the Party until they are no more?Only time will tell whether he will emerge victorious once again, and whether those who succeed him will be left to count the cost of his triumph.Over and above this, the President has shown that he’s still very much in charge, and if people thought to the contrary, the events of the past weekend would leave them sadly disabused.THERE have been a host of casualties in the ruling party, and some fairly prominent names have sunk so low on the list that there is scant hope of ever reviving them.Mostly because of real or perceived connections with the former Foreign Affairs Minister, Hidipo Hamutenya.Those who survived are putting a brave face on things, saying there’s nothing sinister or untoward about what happened and that everything went ahead according to plan over the weekend.Those who didn’t make it have a different viewpoint of course, and this all takes place within the framework of a political scenario that’s absolutely fraught with more rumours and gossip than usual, so it’s getting harder to tell truth from fiction.On the surface things are calm.Just underneath, there is simmering discontent, not to mention fear and apprehension, which appears to be deliberately fuelled.The President’s ‘top ten’ list was a sight to behold, and some of those on it are now starting to earn their nominations by appealing for more rewards for the father of the struggle.Seems they deem his generous package insufficient, and they now want to top it up with a ‘gift’ of State House.The list is likely to grow at the same rate as the sycophants get named.Obviously the main focus is what’s been happening in the ruling party, Swapo, concerning what may be called the ‘Hamutenya divide’.Again loyalists will allege all is well, while at the same time they’ve been fanning the flames of dissent by, among others, the Nghifitikeko e-mail campaign, which most certainly enjoys the blessing of those on high in a blatant attempt to discredit key party stalwarts on charges of alleged corruption and all kinds of other accusations.And of course, if the truth be told, there is good and bad on both sides of the Nujoma-Hamutenya split.I for one won’t weep crocodile tears at the political demise of Kandy Nehova, for example, because it’s been a long time coming; but I wouldn’t have bemoaned Paulus Kapia’s omission from the President’s ‘top ten’ list, in the unlikely event he’d chosen not to give this hot-head a super status! But the President has obviously decided Kapia is destined for bigger and better things, so be it on his own head when the chickens come home to roost one day.Then it looks like the CoD may have its casualties as well, although I haven’t managed to plumb the depths of the discontent in this grouping thus far.Nudo, too, has had its share of wrangling.And perhaps totally extraneous to all this, is the actual polling that will take place in the near future.Will Swapo experience a downturn in votes as people register their discontent at the purge that has taken place? Or will it return to power with a further boost to its two-thirds majority?These are really the issues people are talking about, because the outcome is largely a foregone conclusion.And above all else, President Nujoma has again emerged unscathed and more powerful than ever before.The question is of course: will another win be enough for him now or does he plan to continue against perceived enemies of the Party until they are no more?Only time will tell whether he will emerge victorious once again, and whether those who succeed him will be left to count the cost of his triumph.

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