With a growing number of younger Namibian voters born after independence, the struggle narrative became increasingly anachronistic.
Swapo remains the dominant party by far in Namibia. But it seems increasingly unable to live up to its promises.
Namibian hero and former Robben Island prisoner Toivo ya Toivo was part of a generation who contributed to the struggles against apartheid and colonialism in the region.
The legitimacy and credibility of those in power has been eroded by bad governance, patronage and the obsession to claim an exclusive agency representing the people.