Serious political parties don’t aim for second place: Kavekotora

If opposition parties are concerned about the wellbeing of Namibia, its ailing economy, looting of state resources, collapsing health and education sectors, they must aim to topple the ruling party as opposed to targeting become the official opposition party in parliament.

This is according to Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) leader, Mike Kavekotora when he addressed a press briefing in the capital on Thursday.

The RDP president raised several concerns, among them being political parties that are under-aiming.

According to Kavekotora, these trends are direct enemies of democracy.

How does a serious political party aim to improve its seats in the National Assembly from two to five seats? That for me is nonsense. It is a selfish way of being in politics. Because what can you do with five seats? If you are serious, you must be aiming to take over the government and you can't do that with five seats, he said.

He added: Those political parties that are just satisfied with being in parliament must make quit and allow serious political parties to take over. Our party productivity, efficiency, and other words in its vocabulary but becoming officials opposition is not one of them.

He also expressed discontent about a growing trend among Namibians who are not eager to show up at polling stations to cast their votes.

Not voting is mistake number one because you allow someone else to decide for you. Secondly, you give up your inherent right to complain, he said.

At the NEC meeting, RDP's top leadership will agree on a date for their election manifesto's launch as well as the electoral college which will see the party chose 96 people for its parliamentary list.

The politician also took time to heap praise on a number of student militias who decided to quit the Namibia National Student Organisation (Nanso) which now appears to have lost direction.

Those young leaders were able to make a distinction between the mission of Nanso and merely dancing to the tune of political masters of the ruling party, he said.

On Wednesday, the Omusati, Kunene and Khomas regional structures Nanso along with their tertiary institutional branches withdrew from the student body.

They cited the suspension of some student leaders as their main reason for their resignation, adding that what used to be a militant student organisation has become toothless and useless and no longer has student interests at heart.

RDP's National Executive Committee (NEC) will convene on Saturday.

Source: Namibia Press Agency