Infighting Seems to Be the Name of the Game


Allow me to use your good newspaper once again to recall this still unsolved infighting which has been purposefully delayed as from the year 2003 until to date. This letter serves to inform the entire UDF members that this awkward situation which was created by Mr J. //GaroÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚«b and his few co-workers, is still unattented to. As you may know, after the 1999 General Elections results were announced, we discovered through thorough investigations that the UDF party was poorly voted for and that its support base declined drastically in the South. On this basis, dissatisfied party members threatened that I (A. Namaseb) would have substituted Mr E. Biwa in the National Assembly. This attempt was cunningly bulldozed by Mr //GaroÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚«b and his crew. Secondly, Mr //GaroÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚«b, with the help of his few supporters, continued with their clandistine acts within the party and illegally jumped Mrs G. Tjombe, who was fourth on the party list, instead of the third person, myself, (A. Namaseb) who qualified to fill the vacancy left open by Mr E. Biwa who has unexpectedly resigned from the N.A. for reasons known to only a few UDF top leaders. As far as I know, this mentioned candidate list was constituted and adopted after a lengthy session and discussions which were held at the second-last full central committee meeting in Okahandja on the 17/10/1999. Many unfounded excuses were made from Parliament. First, Mr Biwas’s ill-health was mentioned and or he would have taken over another position in the party and would concentrate on getting the UDF National Elections campaign for 2004 off the ground, etc. This propaganda was never put into action. Again, it is pathetic and frustrating to learn that some party members who are glorifying their status within the party are still excluded or ill-informed of crucial party activities as usual. For example, many people whom I meet even on the streets and at certain occasions are asking questions and want to know: 1. What was the outcome of our infighting? 2. Some people are pleading that we have to forgive each other as we are Christians. I don’t know what is behind this argument, because to forgive each other I think has to come from both sides – the evildoer has to equally accept his/her wrong-doings so that mutual understanding can be reached between fighting parties. 3. Some time ago we learned that Mr //GaroÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚«b and his few co-workers had circulated rumours that they had reconciled on this matter. I don’t think that mindful people could have given their co-operation to come together secretly and in small numbers and to take an agreement on a matter which is still outstanding, and by purposefully excluding the injured person in this process, and chronically violating the existing party structures through which decisions are taken. I want to warn that sometimes we, as UDF party members and electorates, are truly speaking responsibly for our own downfall; we are exposing ourselves to be misused by our political office-bearers whom we have voted into power to serve us. Literally speaking, we idolize these leaders. This prevailing situation can harm our party in the long run. Let me tell you we have fooled ourselves by entrusting Mr //GaroÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚«b with both political and traditional matters, which is now negatively reflecting on his leadership. “The President of the UDF Party: Chief J. //Garoeb: The King of the Damaras:” This multiple leadership position given to Mr //GaroÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚«b makes him super-superior and untouchable. He can make and break as he wishes, because he knows that if anything goes wrong, he is well protected. Last year, and recently, similar incidents were recorded within the Khorixas Council, almost equal to what happened to others and me in the past. Let me tell you, if you fall into disfavour with Mr //GaroÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚«b, be assured you will certainly be kicked out from all party activities, come what may, and the others with clap hands and keep silent. If you want to be well-informed, consult our local newspapers, New Era dated 16-18 May 2003, Die Republikein dated 14 may 2003 and The Namibian, to see for yourselves that this ‘don’t care’ attitude has a longstanding history. Allow me to raise another burning issue which I think is of utmost importance and worthwhile being mentioned and to underscore my foregoing arguments. When the Damara-Road which was founded in 1972 as a National Movement of the Damara-Nation was abolished and changed into a political party today known as The UDF – 1989, we were not interested and concerned. But this decision caused our elementary and traditional practices to be damaged and our nation was left in the dark and undirected. As a result, we can’t differentiate between politics and traditional matters. This situation needs to be corrected. I agree and sympathize wholeheartedly with those people who are grieved over this unsolved matter, as you can recall a decision was taken by some UDF party members and a few top leaders who attended the Rule (6) conference at Otjiwarongo on the 01/12/2003 that the matter, due to its sensitivity, be addressed at party level. Following this decision, I adhered to the call and on this basis I withdrew the possible court case which was scheduled to take place at Otjiwarongo on the 12/12/2003. After the withdrawal of the court case, Mr //GaroÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚«b continued with his tricks and condemned single-handedly the decision taken by the people. These serious errors made by Mr //GaroÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚«b and his friends within this party must be properly addressed and Mr //GaroÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚«b must be reprimanded through the existing party structures to stop fighting and humiliating innocent party colleagues. In conclusion, the labour court hearing is due to take place at Otjiwarongo, to allow our competent court to give a verdict on this unsolved case. Thanks Aluta Continua! A. Namaseb