THE Swapo Party elective congress of November/December 2012 was a watershed moment for internal democratic processes within Swapo.
More importantly, the process created a sound basis from which to build a better Namibia in which we are all equal shareholders. There is as such, a basis for optimism in as far as our political processes as a country are concerned. The socio-economic challenges we face can only be dealt with when we accept the democratic ideals that underpin our constitutional order.
BEHIND some of the things we see are stories that cannot inspire us to greatness. In fact some people cannot tell us exactly how they achieved such greatness. I am talking about men and women who had cheated their way to victory.
The story of Lance Armstrong, a record seven consecutive time Tour de France champion who admitted to Oprah Winfrey using prohibited performance enhancement drugs, is no isolated phenomenon. Many sportspersons have been punished for cheating their way to victory; Marion Jones, a former world track and field champion forfeited all five medals she won at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
IN Selections from Prison Notebooks (1971), the Italian politician and political theorist, Antonio Gramsci writes: ‘The old world is dying away, and the new world struggles to come forth: now is the time of monsters.’ More important, Gramsci also goes on to say: ‘the crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.’