Namibia took the wrong way for democracy: NEFF

WINDHOEK; The greatest gift to a new generation is democracy, the Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) second-in-command, Kalimbo Iipumbu says.

He made the remarks during a joint media conference with the Rally for Democracy and Progress Youth League (RDPYL) here on Wednesday.

Iipumbu further said that Namibia is being dragged into poverty, and that the current leaders create policies which protect their own interests.

He further questioned the Swapo Secretary-General, Nangolo Mbumba’s remarks during a Swapo rally here last week when he referred to Swapo supporters as ‘poor people’. “How could a parent call his own child poor, who brought the poverty there?” he asked.

“The fight is not over, it just started. We will use all means possible to restore democracy in our country,” Iipumbu stressed.

The media briefing came a few hours after High Court Judge Kobus Muller dismissed an urgent application by four litigants to postpone the general elections set for Friday.

The applicants claimed that the elections cannot go ahead because the electronic voting machines (EVMs) which will be used are not accompanied by a paper trail for verification purposes.

They suggested that the Presidential and National Assembly elections be held in February next year, but Muller turned down their application, saying that it was not his jurisdiction to make such a ruling, but that of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN).

The applicants then took the matter to the Supreme Court, which was to pronounce itself on the matter Thursday.