Swanu Turns 47 Years


By Kuvee Kangueehi Windhoek Swanu President Rihupisa Kandando still believes that his party will one day rule Namibia. Addressing a crowd of less than one hundred people on Wednesday night as they marked the party’s 47th anniversary at the Commando Hall in Katutura, Kandando said his party does not set target dates but aims at ruling Namibia one day. Dressed in the party colours of red, blue, green and yellow, the patriotic and truly loyal supporters listened to their president as he gave a brief background of the party. Kandando said Swanu was the first political party of Namibia and was launched 47 years ago when the Namibian people were at the receiving end of the brutality and savagery of the German and South African colonial regimes in Namibia. “It is for us a special honour and privilege to celebrate this important event in the calendar of Namibia’s liberation struggle and to monitor the progress of national development and reconstruction of post-independent Namibia.” He claimed that the party was part of the broader, diverse and pluralistic political formation of Namibia and contributed to the establishment of a democratic and unitary state based on a human rights-oriented constitution. “The need to build a new human rights and democratic culture in Namibia is deeply rooted in our anti-colonial struggle and we shall remain purely Namibian, Pan-Africanist and internationalist in outlook.” At the 47th anniversary gathering, the president also registered his concerns. He said there is a total lack of understanding or ignorance from both members of the National Assembly and Executive to realize that they are bound to constitutional order and law. “The members of the National Assembly shall be representative of all the people and shall in the performance of their duties be guided by the objectives of this Constitution, by the public interest and by their conscience.” He added that executive decisions such as the implementation of the Swapo manifesto, travelling of public servants only on Air Namibia, funding of projects not provided for under the Appropriation Act, are classic examples of decisions that will ultimately undermine the status of the National Assembly. “The executive domination will inevitably affect the rule of law, a cardinal principle of our Constitution, and also weaken Namibia as a constitutional state.” Kandando said the hunger, poverty, illiteracy, diseases and ignorance are the resultant effects of differential or unequal access to public resources. “Fish quotas, employment, resettlement farms, land, entitlements under affirmative action and Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) schemes are in the hands of the few ruling elites and cronies who after a few months become multi-millioners while the bulk of our population have to wait for the year 2030.” The Swanu Party also complained that they are being denied space and air time in the print and electronic media, denied state funding and was even denied an opportunity to present a message of condolence with the passing away of the late Mose Tjitendero under the pretext of it not being a parliamentary party. Swanu Party held a parliamentary seat only once after independence and currently has no representation in both the National Assembly and National Council.