Affirmative Repositioning (AR) co-founder and political activist Job Amupanda has said his political endeavors have nothing to do with being famous, as veteran journalist Thea Visser features him in Who’s Who Namibia 2017 edition.
Speaking at the sidelines of the launch of the book premised on the theme, “Movers & Shakers, Rainmakers & Pot-stirrers, Amupanda was quick to rubbish sentiments that his AR movement was fast dwindling into oblivion. “The struggle in Namibia is not about being famous,” he tells The Villager online reporter before showering his praise on Zimbabwe’s controversial land reform process regarding it as the model and remedy needed to Namibia’s land question.
This was after he delivered a moving speech which seemed to pinch back at the recognition Visser had given him and placed him among some of the well known private and public personalities of Namibia. Without mincing words, he went on a tirade, labelling the recognition of individuals, which the book is about, as failure.
“We are living in abnormal times, we should not actually find pride in celebrating individuals, it means we are failing society. We are supposed to be celebrating many young people who are doing exceptionally well. Here you are celebrating a young person while a majority of young people probably think they do not have space in this society,” he said.
The youngest dean in Namibia further took the opportunity at the launch attended by a section of the petty-bourgeoisie and the media to lunge at long serving members of government whose desire to continue serving he described as “nonsense” which had to “stop”. “60% of the population in Namibia is young, but we have people that have been in power for 30 years, and of some them are saying that they still want to continue, it means if you have been in cabinet for 30 years, you had tooth-brush allowance, you have not been going to a service station to fuel your own car with your own money, because you always had a petrol card for 30 years. We are saying that nonsense has to stop!” he fumed.
Speaking to The Villager at the sidelines of the event held at Slow-Town café in the heart of the city, Amupanda was quick to shoot down on prospects of his camp starting a political party. He also rubbished claims that the revered founding father, Sam Nujoma was secretly urging his movement while reaffirming his plan to contest in the upcoming SWAPO elective congress.
“I just want to show young people that this can be done,” he tells this reporter who queried him on what his thoughts were on some of the major consequences expropriation and nationalization of private property had brought against countries who had taken on that root. “Of course they will always be consequences,” he says, “But we can not be silenced because of that.
People come to us and talk about peace and stability. Ok, so you want me to live in this peace and stability and then what. We can not just sit and do nothing.” Meanwhile, Who’s Who Namibia’s latest edition has described the young activist as “a voice which more often than not forces us to confront our biases, our complacencies and challenges us to see things in a new way.”
He is further defined as Namibia’s once in a generation fearless character, confrontational and a personality beyond the limits of the “firebrand tag” who encompasses the aspects of an intellect. His image is projected on the cover wearing a disarming smile, hands folded to reveal a black and off-white time piece, donning an afro-designer with jeans.