Business people are killing democracy: Venaani

03 Dec 2014 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 03 DEC (NAMPA) - DTA of Namibia president McHenry Venaani says business people in Namibia are killing democracy as they are only willing to fund the ruling Swapo-Party.
Venaani was speaking here on Wednesday during a media briefing at the party's head office, stating that the business community in the country should blame themselves for killing democracy.
The DTA President noted that businesses in Namibia have a big role to play in sustaining democracy in the country, but are failing to play their role.
“Business people are only willing to fund to the ruling party and not the opposition parties, and this is really a challenge,” he stated.
He further added that the way Namibians are voting is also a threat to democracy.
“I was telling people during our campaigns we should break this two-thirds majority, but how people voted is a threat to democracy,” he said.
Venaani noted that he is however not blaming Swapo for the votes it received, adding that opposition parties must blame themselves for the results.
He further stated that Namibia is moving towards becoming one-party State.
“If a party can get more than 80 per cent then next time they can get 92 per cent, but we should blame ourselves as the opposition because of the division between us,” he stated.
Venaani promised that as the official opposition, the DTA is going to hold Government accountable and ensure that they promote socio-economic development for the Namibian people.
The Swapo-Party held onto its two-thirds majority with a landslide victory of 715 026 votes during the National Assembly election held last Friday.
The DTA obtained 42 933 votes, the second highest number of votes. It dethroned current official opposition party, the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), which managed to obtain 31 372 votes, ending third overall.