The manner in which political alliances between opposition parties in Namibia are being mooted, only to go cold as the race towards poll day begins to heat up, is becoming a turn off to political heads and downright off putting to the born frees.
Reality is that there seem to a clear disengagement between the opposition political parties or should we say the opposition parties unified view is that they do not like Swapo other than that there is not clear unity of purpose and synchronisation of ideologies.
Swapo like any other revolutionary party has its flaws lie a human but there is no way an opposition which does not share the same idea or have any alternative to what Swapo is doing can wake up and take the reins.
In as much as Swapo can have challenges there is nothing that drives Namibians at current to take drastic decisions at the ballot box against the ruling party. Furthermore the bunch of clowns in opposition politics and their unquenched thirst for power with unity of purpose will forever throw away the possibility of the ruling party losing two thirds majority and stimulate debate in pareliament.
Just when it appeared that these popularity shows have been put to bed never to awaken again – by the dispute that ensued between the opposition parties after their failed attempt to sue the Electoral Commission of Namibia – another episode of the series has boomeranged in the citizenry’s faces.
The characters this season are seasoned showstoppers in political alleged philanderer Joseph Kauandenge and one Martin Lukota Lukota - the man who thought he will tame him.
The two, this week, kicked the union between their two respective parties - the People’s Democratic Movement, (PDM), and the Namibia Democratic Party (NDP) - to the curb, citing irreconcilable differences.
The two political parties entered into their political nuptial, two years ago with both vowing to work together in the forthcoming 2014 National Assembly and Presidential Elections.
In the union, the NPD remained unregistered with the Electoral Commission of Namibia, having chosen to ride on the back of the PDMs registration.
But with the recent developments between the parties, Kauandenge and his political supporters have been relegated to the political wilderness – and very soon claims of the latter’s political philandering will become the order of the day.
Speaking to The Villager this week, Kauandenge did not mince his words when he uttered that his decision to end the union was propelled by Lukota’s irrationality in his manner of operations. According to Kauandenge, the last straw was the way Lukota handled the launch of the parties’ election manifesto.
“Not that I want to bad mouth him or anything, but the way he (Lukota) has this irrational way of doing things that I do not concur with. They had a manifesto launch at a sports stadium recently were they were addressing about five people, while a soccer match was ongoing on the same ground, I mean who does that?” Kauandenge queried maintaining that the manifesto launch affair was embarrassing ‘to say the least.’
When the partnership was mooted, the two parties were among many others, who were looking to unseat the Swapo Party during this year’s national assembly and presidential elections. But like the Republikein Party’s supposed coalition with the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), which is hanging in the balance, this coalition has seemingly gone to the dogs, raising the question as to why political party coalition fail flourish in Namibia.
Zero leadership ambition
According to the President of the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA), McHenry Venaani, the biggest lack, and one which is inherent among many opposition leaders, is the non-existence of the genuine ambition to lead.
Many opposition political leaders, according to Venaani, aspire to become “heads of mices, rather than to become tails of lions” – borrowing from an age old latin American proverb.
“There are clear indications that many a Namibian politician, especially in the opposition, only see running a political party as a business or a source of prestige.”
Venaani maintains political mergers are imperative if the local opposition is to unseat the Swapo party – but such coalitions should be guided by clear-cut objectives and common socio-economic and political ideologies. “What we now have to come up with are avenues through which this failure to successfully merge can be addressed.”
The outcome of previous elections indicates that such mergers has the possibility of wavering the storm for opposition parties and even to break the ruling party’s two third majority. More so, with the new Electoral Act which allows for coalitions, without the merging parties having to de-register their parties or to form a new one. But whether or not leaders of opposition parties are willing to compromise, remains everybody’s guess.
Perhaps it is also a stern reality that the opposition has a way of destructing itself from making inroads into the leading political landscape, while Swapo has a way of staying in power lavishly knowing that whenever the horses go to the race, opposition is better racing against each other for that one seat in parliament instead of unseating the Jaggernaught. The same one that brought independence, just to go to sleep 24 years later.