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SWAPO vice president Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah might have a valid point when she says Namibia's political landscape has become too crowded. But what motivates her complaint?
Nandi-Ndaitwah's criticism of the fierce competition for public office in recent years should be viewed in the two frames of the concept of power, as identified by some social psychologists: communal vs transactional/exchange.
Unfortunately, her complaints were made for selfish reasons aimed at continuing Swapo's monopoly of the country's political power.
In a burgeoning Namibian democracy, it is encouraging to see an increasing number of independent candidates and associations competing for political office. Surely it is better to have choices rather than what Nandi-Ndaitwah prefers.
What the voting masses should be concerned about is whether they are presented with choices by people who hold public office in trust of the voting masses rather than for self-interest goals that has become the norm in Namibia.
For instance, what happened to a coalition that less than a year ago enthusiastically reduced the ruling party's grip on power from 80% (garnered a mere five years earlier) to below two-thirds and saw Swapo's presidential candidate's support plunge by 30% to 56%?
Why does it appear that the momentum to reduce the absolute power of one party has slowed down so much that the people who campaigned in 2019 to stop the rot under Swapo are now training their political guns on each other as fierce adversaries?
What were the ideas and plans, or challenges, that united the likes of Affirmative Repositioning (AR) and presidential candidate Panduleni Itula? Were they driven by a common mission to fix specific Namibian problems or are their true colours emerging? Was merely occupying political office for personal gain their driving force? Is that why they will not work together anymore?
In fact, what has happened to Itula himself that he has made a U-turn from advocating independent candidacy to blocking the very “phenomenon” altogether?
Instead of worrying that there are too many parties and candidates, Namibians who believe in democracy should be concerned about the motives of those seeking political power, be it Swapo or the alternatives.
A key distinction of power holders is that one understands their responsibility to the communal, knowing their “accountability to the less powerful and thus vigilant of their views and [self] interests” (Chen et al. 2001). The other is for self-interest goals.
What we have witnessed in Namibia under the monopolistic power of Swapo since independence is that many politicians and aspirants have vied for public office because of self-gratification: be it the mere security of a job or narcissism of wielding state power.
New contesters for public office (like Itula, AR and most Landless People's Movement officers) should keep in mind that the masses did not vote for them as beauty pageants on a catwalk. It was their ideas of change to clean up the rot installed by Swapo and the apartheid regimes.
Academic and psychologist David Kipnis confirmed through research in 1972 that power corrupts. Kipnis buttressed an 1800s British baron's remark that “absolute power corrupts absolutely”.
Namibian voters must, therefore, appreciate that it is the change of those in power that is crucial.
Nandi-Ndaitwah is not honest by claiming there will be instability merely because many people compete for political office. In fact, it is the incumbents who tend to use state machinery to hold onto power. That is what we must be concerned about.
Without change, it is the voters who will continue to suffer poverty because of poor basic services. Namibia needs leaders who care about their responsibility to the less powerful.