15 May 2019 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 15 MAY (NAMPA) Local political analysts have attributed the poor attendance of public events such as the recent May Day and Cassinga commemorations to Namibians being tired of hearing the same recycled messages without any changes being made to improve their lives.
In an interview with Nampa on Tuesday, Ndumba Kamwanyah said politicians always repeat the same messages at different gatherings, adding that a trend of poorly attended events can be expected if politicians do not deliver.
Independence Day, Workers Day [May Day] and Cassinga Day were poorly attended this year in what Kamwanyah said is evidence of apathy.
People are tired of hearing political speeches with same information but they are not seeing concrete changes, he said.
He said people are going to believe if there is concrete evidence of what has been promised or what is going to be done.
He added that the talks about independent candidates that want to run for election at Ondangwa in June and against Hage Geingob in November are a result of the public no longer listening to what politicians are saying.
The large chunk of frustration is coming from current economy situation. People are hungry and they [would] rather look for food or go to work and earn extra money, instead of going there, sitting in the sun and listening to the same old stories that have been said 29 years back, he said.
Meanwhile Hoze Riruako, another political analyst, said previously people attend public events because they were in a mood to celebrate their independence. He added that now, however, many people are languishing in poverty and this discourages them from attending public events.
He added that the people who do not attend are the born-frees, who never gone through the hardship to recognize the importance of these events.
Born frees did not go through the same hardship that their parents went through during independence struggle. This affects [the] popularity of these events to them. They opt doing something else, instead of attending, Riruako said.