Bernadus Swartbooi

Judges appointed on merit – Tjombe ….courts remarkably independent

Judges appointed on merit – Tjombe ….courts remarkably independent

Staff Writer Parliamentarians have been called upon to ensure that the statements they make in the legislature about other branches of the State are true and thoroughly researched, unless they want to make a mockery of the ‘’parliament and its most important duty of making laws …. And keeping accountable the government of the day’’. Legal practitioner and well known human rights lawyer, Norman Tjombe made this scathing remark in a statement following Landless People’s Movement’s leader Bernadus Swartbooi attack on the judiciary in the National Assembly saying only lawyers from law firms with political connections to the ruling party…
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LPM an all-season party – Swartbooi

LPM an all-season party – Swartbooi

Martin Endjala The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) leader says the party is in a healthy state and is moving in the right direction in building a better society. The party which almost made a clean sweep in the last local and regional council elections in the Hardap and Karas regions lately seems to have been rocked by what appears to be an infighting and has recalled nine of its councillors and replaced them with new ones. But, Bernadus Swartbooi maintains that the party ‘’wants to demonstrate trust in our young people’s leadership right now. So that they grow and become…
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Ethnocentric approach to funding local authorities – Swartbooi

Tujoromajo Kasuto LANDLESS People's Movement (LPM) leader, Bernadus Swartbooi, says there is an ethnocentric approach by central government in funding local authorities, which results in an imbalance because of politics and ethnocentric governance. He notes that in many local authorities, if not a vast majority, there is a consistent pattern that’s resultant of insufficient funding in their human resource, financial capacity and most importantly, their local authority capacity, that affects their mandate to transform lives, save livelihoods and to create jobs. He alleges this is a result of an agenda by the ruling party to cut budgets in areas where…
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Swartbooi, Seibeb feels penalty unclear

Swartbooi, Seibeb feels penalty unclear

Eba Kandovazu THE Landless People's Movement (LPM) is claiming that the penalty recommendations by the National Assembly privileges and immunities committee have not properly been communicated, nor are they clear. LPM’s Spokesperson, Eneas Emvula, says the party's next course of action will only be determined once the penalty against Bernadus Swartbooi and Henny Seibeb are clear. The penalties recommended by the committee are; a reprimand, a fine not exceeding the value of a month's salary or twice the value of the unethically-derived benefit or a reduction of salary or allowances for a period not exceeding 15 days. The committee yesterday…
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And so it begins

Grab your political popcorn and prepare to watch the show. The Landless Peoples Movement (LPM) Leader Bernadus Swartbooi, ever the lightning rod for populist politics, now says that people who decide that they are too poor to buy land should take up residence on unoccupied state land. The Council led by Amupanda whose rise to fame began with just such an action must show his mettle. He must be definitive and speak from strength. He should step back, smile and put Swartbooi in charge of the entire effort. Let the people know about the Swartbooi Land Grabbing Program. Let the…
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Talk must now turn to action

It is easy to sit on the sidelines and speak loudly about what is wrong. It costs nothing to loudly and rudely challenge those with power and responsibility when you have neither. With the success of the opposing parties and some independent candidates in certain areas, 2021 means the time for populist promises and brazen talking is over. To those enjoyed success at the polls: It is you in the hot seat now. Others will take your former chair from the sidelines and snipe, gripe and complain about you. Let us hope you have a thick skin. Your vociferous talk…
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Going too far hurts credibility

The claims by the vibrant politician Bernadus Swartbooi that Swapo wants to kill him are over-the-top and challenge his credibility. Many in Namibia are depending on new firebrand politicians, including Swartbooi, to challenge sacred cows. People want them to question authority, give voice to the marginalized, and energize younger people. They are expected to force political debate into the 21st century, put the spotlight on those suffering in silence, and fearlessly call out corruption. But, statements from the Trump School of Demagoguery and Lunacy reflect poorly on the politicians who make them. Swartbooi’s ravings with no evidence or proof whatsoever…
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Swartbooi – the game changer

Bernadus Swartbooi, head of the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) is loud and emotive. he has a dedicated constituency that is growing and as an MP, he has a legitimate platform. He has tolled the bell for new politics in Namibia; he is a game-changer. Recently, Swartbooi gave his reactions to comments made at a Swapo Party media conference. Doubling down on his critics, he labeled Former Swapo Prime Minister Nahas Angula and former Minister of Justice (and Swapo Secretary-General) Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana embittered opportunists. His words raise the stakes. He said that no Swapo leaders or senior members, either in current…
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Noble ideas unfulfilled

When we admire someone personally and recognize their achievements, objective political analysis of what they say is a challenge. Such is the case as we ponder the nbc interview by the distinguished Former President of Namibia, Hifikepunye Pohamba that aired on Monday. The Former President defended the Founding President. His defense regarding the startling adjectives used by Landless People’s Movement (LPM) leader Bernadus Swartbooi was not unexpected. There have been condemnations from a line of Swapo wings, supporters, and leaders. He gave one more. Pohamba emerged from retirement to defend power, but not the pleas of the poor. This is…
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Take the high road and move on

The blunt statements of Landless People’s Movement (LPM) members Bernadus Swartbooi and Henny Seibeb rocked the status quo. Their controversial clap-back to a Swapo MP’s ill-advised use of the Founding President Sam Nujoma’s book in a political context announced that Parliament is no longer controlled by Swapo. All sides of the issue have been active in the mainstream and social media regarding their positions on the matter. It is time to take the high road, deescalate and address the real issues facing the suffering people of Namibia during these tough times. In emotive issues surrounding the distinguished Founding President, voices…
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