Henning Melber

Fight of the Titans: Who will it be?<br>…..As Swapo 7th Congress kickoff

Fight of the Titans: Who will it be?
…..As Swapo 7th Congress kickoff

Obrein Simasiku,Tujoromajo Kasuto Tears of joy and sorrow are bound to roll over the weekend, post the much awaited two day 7th Congress beginning tomorrow. Hundreds of delegates are biting off their nails as they eye a seat on Swapo’s top decision making body, the Central Committee (CC). Political commentator, Henning Melber, says the build up to the Congress displayed some remarkable new trends. Pointing to the abstention of the Party and State president, to recommendation; the outreach of candidates to regional delegations and the degree of competition, as some of the notable developments. “More importantly, the pool of office…
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SG position not valued in Swapo

SG position not valued in Swapo

Tujoromajo Kasuto The nomination of only two candidates for the position of secretary general of the Swapo Party following the conclusion of the nomination process at the Central Committee at the weekend raises many questions about the value of the position in the Swapo structures. This is the view of historian and analyst, Henning Melber, why there has been such a lacklustre interest in the secretary general position then the positions of vice president and deputy SG. Only one candidate has been nominated, apart from the incumbent who did not need nomination and declared herself available. The two candidates are…
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SONA 2022 lacked self-critique

SONA 2022 lacked self-critique

Martin Endjala Reactions to this week’s SONA 2022 has been less than flattering with and seen as a futile exercise to paint a too positive picture and sell meagre results as major achievements, while blaming external factors for the lack of delivery. These were the overall sentiments from analysts, the public to parliamentarians, the Windhoek Observer spoke to. Henning Melber, a political analyst spoke frankly to this publication, saying domestic policy failures can simply not just be swept under the carpet. ‘’Good governance requires an honest assessment of how to improve and must include self-critical reflections and ideas on how…
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Namibia still in search for renaissance leader

Namibia still in search for renaissance leader

President Hage Geingob came to the Presidency in 2005 with an impressive record as the architect of Namibia’s public service and there were high hopes that he would build a value system consistent to what he did with the civil service. He was seen as the one who would lead the ‘Namibian Renaissance’, President Geingob’s ardent critic, Professor Joseph Diescho, told the Windhoek Observer. Diescho says the vast knowledge about and experience of public administration of Geingob set him apart from his predecessors to develop and implement an all-inclusive Namibia nation philosophy, as per one of the most favourite slogans.…
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Swapo’s revival dreams require drastic action

Swapo’s revival dreams require drastic action

Martin Endjala Swapo will have to do more to regain the lost trust from the Namibian people, if it wants to win the 2024 elections and be a dominant force as it was in the past. Of late, the ruling party has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons and its perceived unwillingness to fight corruption is further tainting the Swapo brand, Ndumba Kamwenyah a political analyst said this when interviewed by the Windhoek Observer. Kamwenyah stated that Swapo has a daunting task to regain its credibility, as the party has disappointed the people on many fronts on…
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Swapo divisions re-emerge over Air Namibia

Swapo divisions re-emerge over Air Namibia

Andrew Kathindi Divisions in ruling Swapo’s party have once again resurfaced in light of the Air Namibia matter after a Swapo’s parliamentary caucus has demanded the reversal of a decision made by a Swapo-led Cabinet on the liquidation of Air Namibia. This comes as Swapo affiliated National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) along with several other unions have planned a mass public demonstration against government’s decision to liquidate the airline this week. “This just is a sign of the party internal disarray. A significant number of higher-ranking party officials are in government and Cabinet positions. Hence it could have been…
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