The legitimacy of SWAPO, the former liberation movement that has governed since 1990, has been eroded amid growing corruption and a deepening economic crisis.
The November 2020 local and regional elections have indeed put Namibia’s political culture at a crossroads.
The hunger, frustration and desperation of ordinary Namibians should be first on the political agenda. But this isn’t the case.
For the first time since independence, Namibia’s ruling party has suffered electoral setbacks in the midst of economic and political crisis.
Namibia’s political stability so far has been vested in the dominance of Swapo. Those opposing its control face an uphill battle.
Swapo remains the dominant party by far in Namibia. But it seems increasingly unable to live up to its promises.
The question of land has been hotly contested in Namibia ever since independence.
Too often developments in one country are seen in isolation. In southern Africa events in one affect others in the region.
South Africa’s ANC and Namibia’s SWAPO, governing parties, enter crucial leadership elections this year, with presidents Zuma and Geingob both facing challenges.
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.