Serious political parties don’t aim for second place: Kavekotora

12 Sep 2019 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 12 SEP (NAMPA) - If opposition parties are concerned about the wellbeing of Namibia and its ailing economy, they must aim to topple the ruling party as opposed to targeting to become the official opposition party in parliament.
This is according to Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) leader, Mike Kavekotora, when he addressed a press briefing in the capital on Thursday.
The RDP president raised several concerns, among them being political parties that are under-aiming, saying these trends are direct enemies of democracy.
“How does a serious political party aim to improve its seats in the National Assembly from two to five seats? What can you do with five seats? If you are serious, you must be aiming to take over the government and you can’t do that with five seats,” he said.
He called on political parties that are just satisfied with being in parliament to quit so as to allow serious political parties to take over in order to address other concern problems in the country such as the looting of state resources and the collapsing health and education sectors.
He further expressed discontent about a growing trend among Namibians who are not eager to show up at polling stations to cast their votes, stressing that: “Not voting is mistake number one because you allow someone else to decide for you. Secondly, you give up your inherent right to complain.”
RDP’s top leadership at its National Executive Committee meeting on Saturday will agree on a date for the launch of their election manifesto as well as the Electoral College which will see the party chose 96 people for its parliamentary list.
The politician also took time to heap praise at the Namibia National Students Organisation (NANSO) regional structures from Omusati, Kunene and Khomas, who on Wednesday decided to quit the student body.
They cited that what used to be a militant student organisation has become “toothless and useless” and no longer has student interests at heart. “Those young leaders were able to make a distinction between the mission of NANSO and merely dancing to the tune of political masters of the ruling party,” he said.