Kenny Roger’s song The Gambler that was written by Don Schlitz should serve as a bell to politicians whose life in the game is dying. The song is about a young man who meets a gambler on a train when they share a seat. Since the journey was long and the night dark, the streetwise gambler lectures the youth.
“If you’re gonna play the game, boy/ You gotta learn to play it right/ You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em Know when to fold ‘em/ Know when to walk away And know when to run/ You never count your money When you’re sittin’ at the table/ There’ll be time enough for counting when the dealin’s done. “Every gambler knows that the secret to survivin’/ Is knowin’ what to throw away and knowin’ what to keep/ ‘Cause every hand’s a winner and every hand’s a loser/ And the best that you can hope for is to die In your sleep.”
That ladies and gentlemen should be some kind of a guide as to how not only politicians should behave and base their decisions but also every one of us. But again as they say, common sense has never been that common and such some would rather stay on in politics until they are booted out. When such people are booted out, their fall is as loud as thunder and one thing for certain is that getting back will not be easy.
Usually political careers choose to die when the person thinks that they have it under control and are still calling the shots. One such journey that ended last week is that of Comrade Elijah Mutete Ngurare who sought to make history by demanding keys to the Swapo Party Youth League ofﬁces.
This is one comrade who lived on Facebook clicks and took delight in occupying centre stage while forgetting that his time was up. But there could never be a better way of ending one’s career than what was done to Ngurare by his own people last week.
So what are the facts here? Ngurare himself says he was never anywhere near the venue of the Kavango West event. In what could turn out to be one of his weakest posts on Facebook ever, Ngurare said: “Some say Friday I was at the High Court in Windhoek; some say Saturday I was at Nkurenkuru in Kavango West Regional Conference. “ACTUALLY, Friday I was attending a memorial service at Katjinakatji and Saturday I was a Sarusungu cemetery burying our departed.”
Paulus Mbangu then came in to ‘clear’ the air later claiming that there was never an election but that people were hand-picked. In his long and winding rant, Mbangu dismissed a list of results that was circulating on social media as a lie.
“I have feeling that everyone who is circulating this lie knows that it Real gamblers know when to let go is a lie. Ladies and Gentlemen: The information we got before the conference was that the candidates were Salome Kambala, Sirrka Ausiku, Elia Ngurare and Julius Hambyuka from Kavango West to the Central Committee. “This was the version we got from Regional Coordinator of Swapo in the region. But yesterday in the REC we observed something different. The national leaders assigned to Kavango West are Marco Hausiku and Jerry Ekandjo.
Unfortunately both were not present. “We were informed that Daniel Kashikola and Hamunyela Hambyuka are the two people to supervise the regional conference. We were informed by Hambyuka and Kashikola that Elijah Ngurare should be removed because he reportedly telephoned Marco to tell him that he (Ngurare) was not interested to be nominated and his name should be withdrawn.
“I was one of the delegates who were shocked by the news. The story is that we were told that Ngurare was not standing. Even some delegates were murmuring why he was refusing the nomination last minute. “The Regional Coordinator called some candidates in the REC but others like Salome Kambala and Elia Ngurare were not called even to just ascertain whether it was true they were no longer standing.
“After they were done with REC they the Regional Coordinator and his colleagues including Hambyuka who is a candidate for CC just told the Regional Conference that “there is not going to be any elections because the REC has decided on four names and they are Hamunyela Hambyuka, Councillor Sivaku, Governor Ausiku and Councillor Kavara.”
“The regional conference never had the opportunity to VOTE and I repeat we never had the opportunity to VOTE. And you that are circulating the clip about votes where did you get it and why do you believe in the FAKE NEWS is it to please Geingob and vilify Ngurare?” Still one would want to know whether Ngurare sought to represent Kavango West or not and maybe the regional coordinator Dawid Hamutenya Hipulwa knows better.
This is what Hipulwa said: “None of the delegates who hail from the same district as Ngurare even voted for him. The only vote he got is that of himself.”
One will not be forgiven to say that had Ngurare been voted for, he would not have distanced himself from the event. This is because nobody wants to be associated with failure especially when such people suffer from inﬂated egos. If Ngurare was elected in absentia, his cohorts would have gone overboard to claim that even when he is not there, people still vote for him. But now that he lost, then the story should be that he was never there and that there was no election