The ego of some political parties in Africa makes one shudder. Just the other day, the South West Africa People’s Organisation better known by its acronym, SWAPO boasted that the party will rule Namibia until the coming of Jesus.
What its new political kids on the block did not say is which of the comings. But the statement caught old SWAPO hands by surprise while non members started to think whether the former German Colony was well on its way to a one party state.
In today’s political events such optimism does not hold for too longer as there is the tendency for voters to squarely undermine such confidence and show cheeky politicians the exit door.
It is unclear what led SWAPO activists to shoot themselves on the back by what many see as a gaff but strange moves are underway to force through unpalatable
Changes to the country’s Regional Councils Act which will give President Hifikepunye Pohamba the right to appoint all regional governors in areas where the ruling party does not have majority representation.
Understandably, the opposition is hopping mad over what they see as undermining democracy in all its form and have campaigned for retaining the Act under which governors are presently elected by Regional Councils.
Otherwise, the opposition said it would be as good as if the entire administrative system is handed to SWAPO freelancers hook, line and sinker.
Patience over political excesses by SWAPO is overstretched to such an extent that even the founding fathers are openly questioning what direction the party is drifting.
Even SWAPO’s former leader and President Sam Nujoma and like minders are calling for a halt. But it is apparent that the party and the government by implications have been hijacked by the new entrants who want to keep SWAPO forever in the saddle.
The country’s Electoral Commission is not helping to solve the equation either but seemingly playing blind man bluff.
It is yet to respond to repeated calls to clean up the Electoral Register. Critics said the Electoral Register still has 1.2 million voters recorded – the same as the past 25 years as if no voter had died.
The registered population still stands at 2.1 million inspite of the fact that women are giving birth on a nearly hourly basis.
As far as the opposition thought goes, things are stagnant in Namibia and chances are that they will take ages to get better.
But the reality is that things are being stage-managed by the government for its own end.
It is feared that this will lead to the government’s undoing. What the emerging leaders are undertaking can likely lead to nursing political sharks who can eventually consume all around without regret.
But politics aside, Zimbabwe continues to ploy through some shortfalls. This time, it’s the country’s national airline, Air Zimbabwe that has had its wings plucked.
It has been slammed a suspension notice by the powerful International Air Transport Association (IATA) for failing to pay a 280 thousand dollar overdue subscription.
The airline is one of Africa’s longest flying carrier with some 47 years record and during it’s hey days was as posh as America’s Transworld Airline, British Airways, Turkish Airlines and Air India.
Added to the dilemma, pilots, stewardesses and ground crew have not been paid for dozens of months, it’s aircraft lay rusty for want of spare parts and tarmacs in some parts of the airfield are constantly peeling off.
IATA has warned both local and foreign travel agents not to book passengers on non existent flights and to return monies collected for tickets from foreign travellers or face punitive actions.
It will be bad business if the power-sharing government ignore finding a payout solution to keep the airline afloat. Once passengers lose confidence on an airline operation, it is difficult to get them to queue up for tickets on resumption no matter how lucrative the offer.
By Rod Mac-Johnson