LPM set to become political party

23 Jul 2017 18:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 23 JUL (NAMPA) – The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) might soon become a political party.
This was the proposition made by Swapo Party Member of Parliament, Bernadus Swartbooi at a fundraising gala dinner in Keetmanshoop Saturday night.
He however left the final decision as to whether the movement should become a political entity, in the hands of LPM followers.
Swartbooi indicated that he was ready to establish the proposed party should LPM members decide to do so.
He said it was a known fact that he is currently about “99.9 per cent not Swapo”, adding that he would resign from the ruling party within “30 seconds after being fired”.
Swartbooi explained that his possible abdication would be due to the party’s “failure to represent minority groups”.
“Namibia is a fully-fledged majoritarian State. All decisions in the country are taken to benefit only the OPO in Swapo,” he said, referring to the erstwhile name of the party, which stood for Owambo People’s Party (OPO).
Swartbooi said that Nama leaders and others in the country joined the party around five decades ago believing they would get the land they lost to colonial occupiers back then.
“This did not happen. Other minorities such as the people from Zambezi, the San, coloureds and Basters are all sidelined economically in independent Namibia,” he said.
Swartbooi alleged that the ruling party only cared about “the majority North with zero consideration about the rest of Namibians”.
He urged LPM followers to show character and courage, and start changing the future of the country for the sake of their children.
“We cannot be spectators any more. We have to stop abdicating our responsibility and heritage to stand up for ourselves and effect change in the world.”
Swartbooi further blamed the country’s economic woes on corruption.
“It took the Swapo Party 27 years to bankrupt the country with full-scale theft. It is time to free people from the box of lies and tell the truth,” Swartbooi claimed.
He said Swapo created a country with jobless people, void of hope.
“Our elders joined a party they did not understand. We need to create a new vision for our country and revive ourselves,” he said.
The fundraising dinner was attended largely by people from Keetmanshoop and other surrounding towns and villages in the region.