KHP residents gearing up to vote

KEETMANSHOOP; Although the mood seems largely subdued, hundreds of thousands of Namibians are gearing up to vote for the party and the president of their choice this Friday.

In the Karas Region, a total of 47 652 people have registered to cast their vote. This figure constitutes 21 764 females and 25 888 males.

The region has seven constituencies namely Berseba, Karasburg East, Karasburg West, Keetmanshoop Urban, Keetmanshoop Rural, !Nami#nüs and Oranjemund.

Keetmanshoop resident Ambrosius Matthys, 45, is one of those registered voters certain to cast his vote in the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

“I will have to vote. As a Namibian, it is my right and also the right of my fellow countrymen. I believe that every vote means something; if not today, then definitely in the future,” Matthys related to Nampa.

Twenty-five-year old Denzil Cooper is excited to vote for the very first time.

“I am proud of myself to be part of this big election. I expect lots of changes afterwards. Keetmanshoop has really started to develop; I think this will continue, and not just here, but everywhere in the country,” Cooper said.

The young man said he was excited about the future of Namibia.

“I just see positivity all the way,” he said.

Both Matthys and Cooper are employed by private companies in Keetmanshoop.

This agency also spoke to Arnold Losper, a former mayor of Keetmanshoop who is now self-employed in the construction industry.

As mayor during 2009 to 2012, Losper represented the Congress of Democrats (CoD), but quickly moved to the Swapo-Party while in office.

He said opposition parties with their scattered numbers have no chance of real growth, while Swapo was the only party with a vision.

Whereas Matthys, Cooper and Losper were optimistic about the future outlook of Namibia, John Kaffer, 25, told this reporter he will not be voting.

“I voted in 2009 and used to be engaged in politics, but not anymore,” Kaffer said.

“Politicians have their own stories. They tell you this now, then later it is something else; I am out of it,” said the pensive-looking young man.