Turning LPM into a political party not a suprise: Kaapama

25 Jul 2017 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 25 JUL (NAMPA) – Turning the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) into a political party is not a surprise although it will not accelerate the movement’s agenda on land, political analysts have said.
In an interview with Nampa on Tuesday, Professor Phanuel Kaapama said it was not unexpected for the former Deputy Minister of Land Reform and Swapo Party Member of Parliament, Benardus Swartbooi to start a political party.
This according to Kaapama is more likely to happen especially when a party member challenges the policies of his or her political party.
“Whenever a member battles to change the ideologies of a party and he finds it tough to win the battle such person is left with no other option but to establish a new political home where his ideologies will be entertained,” Kaapama remarked.
Another analyst, Uazuva Kaumbi was of the opinion that even if it is Swartbooi’s democratic and constitutional right of to form a political party, he will not have an impact on the ruling party’s membership, nor will it accelerate the landless people’s agenda on land.
“It is better for them to carry on as the LPM and not as a political party,” said Kaumbi.
Both Kaapama and Kaumbi are of the view that break-aways from Swapo, such as the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) and Congress of Democrats (COD) have not impacted the political status of Swapo.
“We are still to wait and see if Swartbooi means business above those before him or not,” said Kaapama.
Swartbooi on Saturday night at a gala dinner in Keetmanshoop said the LPM may soon become a political party should the members so decide.
He said his possible abdication would be due to the party’s “failure to represent minority groups”.