Editorial (150)

  • 13
  • Dec
We agree with the recent comments made by Ministers Tom Alweendo, Calle Schlettwein and Leon Jooste expressing their points of view on the corruption of those given positions of public trust.  However, we recognize that one of the sacrifices of public service is a suppression of one’s personal point of view.
  • 06
  • Dec
As long as the fishrot former ministers remain in the high echelons of the ruling party, they bring disrepute upon Swapo. This leaves a nasty taint on the President of the party. Geingob has made much of his zero tolerance for corruption.  And yet, THREE of his appointed ministers have been convicted or credibly accused of serious malfeasance. By his own words in February 2018, the president reshuffled ministers due to unspecified corruption allegations.
  • 29
  • Nov
While the national election votes are being counted, the other landmark story of the month trudges forward. The entire fishrot gang has been arrested. In the gang are two long-serving former ‘Honourable’ Members of Cabinet. Former ministers Sackey Shanghala and Bernard Esau join Katrina Hanse-Himarwa in making 2019 a historic year of political shame. Three Namibian ministers have been arrested and put before the court for corruption. What does this signify?
  • 22
  • Nov
Registered voters entering the booths on November 27th will have a necessary, but challenging task.  We believe the public is faced with a daunting question: How do you select a meal, when little on offer provides what is needed to end your hunger?  When making their choice at the polls, Namibians starving for change must pick through the crumbs to find enough to eat.
  • 15
  • Nov
We are not open-mouthed in surprise at the well-researched and professionally presented article “Kickback Kings” headlining the Namibian newspaper on Wednesday this week.
  • 08
  • Nov
There is little doubt that the Mighty Swapo Party that lead this country to independence 30 years ago will prevail in the parliamentary and presidential elections later this month. The president said that a win was a win. Indeed, he is correct in terms of seat allocations in parliament and who occupies State House. But, for Namibia, whether “a win is a win,” may not be so cut-and-dried.
  • 01
  • Nov

The main political drama this election season is the independent Presidential candidate and SWAPO party member, Panduleni Itula. We assert that candidate Itula is not a strong contender, but rather, that candidate Geingob has been weakened by many factors. 

  • 18
  • Oct
We await the results of Chief Justice Peter Shivute and the Judicial Services Commission’s investigation into why the KORA awards court matter was illegally hidden from the public. 
  • 11
  • Oct
Telling those who are heading to the polls what you intend to do when elected is not an optional activity. The words in a manifesto detail what a party will do; what that party believes is important; and how that party intends to lead if elected. In effect, it is like a job application to the voters. How can one expect to win the job when submitting an incomplete application?
  • 04
  • Oct
Swapo Party spokesperson Hilma Nicanor blasted anyone who reported on the SWAPO Colours Rally in a way she did not like. Her ill-conceived outburst is quite telling.
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