The news circulating on social media platforms claiming that the planned march and meetings of former independent presidential candidate Dr Panduleni Itula in Windhoek and Oshakati are meant to bring civil unrest, is patently incorrect according to one of organisers of the events.
A certain ‘Pau Pau’, a self-professed regional commander for the independent candidate’s campaign in the Oshana region, maintained that the Itula-led group is not anti-peace, nor will it ever promote lawlessness. He refutes the claims of some members of the armed and security forces in Namibia.
“Our plan is not to become unruly or to disrupt the peace and stability that our country is enjoying. Like we always say, this is the only Namibia we have. Peace is one very expensive and indispensable commodity,” Pau said.
He maintained that theirs march and meetings are, in effect, a courtesy call to Itula’s sympathisers. They plan to discuss the status quo and to map the way forward.
“We are currently in the process of taking the Electoral Commission (ECN) to court and we have to bring this to our supporters’ attention. As you might be aware, we have voters up there who have no access to social media, radio and television where regular political discourse takes place,” the Itula organizer stressed.
He added that the meeting, to which the entire electorate in the Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Oshana regions have been invited, will feature other political parties, amongst them, the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF), and the Republican Party (RP). The meeting will take place on Sunday in the North and will be preceded by a march in Windhoek. The march, according to Pau, is primarily aimed to clarify the Itula camp’s position on what is happening in the Namibian society, with emphasis on corruption.
“The Fishrot saga is currently a hot topic but strangely, there is a lot of license around it from the side of, for example, the party (Swapo),” he added.
The above sentiments are in sharp contrast talks doing the rounds on social media that marches and mass meetings are being planned to disrupt the country’s peace and stability.
This week acting chief of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF), Air Vice Marshal Martin Kambulu Pinehas, announced that security measures put in place during the 2019 National Assembly and presidential elections will remain in force.
This, allegedly, is due to unnamed and currently unidentified ‘lingering threats’ being posted by unspecified groups whose candidates failed to meet their expectations in the recently concluded presidential and national assembly elections.
Meanwhile, sources known to this paper have stated that a military commander in uniform must not be allowed to make statements on civilian law and order issues.
This is a civilian led elected government and as such, national policies and state decisions must be handled as per the constitution. The NDF is not the “guarantor of national security”, the elected government is. To have military commanders making public declarations on their own can lead to the government of the day being held responsible for inciting civil unrest with the implication that the military is making civil order decisions. Sources are of the opinion that such public statements should be made by the constitutionally-appointed minister of defence.
Addressing a media briefing, Pinehas said the threats continue to be shared on social media even though the elections are over. Some reckless and likely disorganized and unthreatening individuals declaring that since their candidates did not win, they will resort to unconstitutional means.
“We cannot allow our country to descend into chaos due to self-serving individuals who do not have the security of our country at heart. NDF as the guarantor of national security and sovereignty remains vigilant and steadfast in defending the Namibian constitution, national sovereignty and interests,” he warned.