DTA questions funding to Swapo during elections

WINDHOEK: The DTA of Namibia wants critical reforms for political party funding and says it has already engaged other stakeholders to bring the necessary reforms in that area.

DTA president McHenry Venaani made this statement during his party’s first management meeting held at its headquarters on Thursday.

He said that currently, we have a system where parties only receive administrative funding of N.dollars 500 000 per year each.

However, when it comes to elections, there is no additional funding to parties.

This, Venaani said, makes it difficult for political parties to really finance election campaigns in this country.

Venaani claimed there is tendency in the country and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) at large, where businesses are financing and steam rolling ruling parties’ election campaigns.

The financing by these businesses is done not because they really want to finance the ruling parties, but rather done in the hope for them to reap profits from their funding.