DRIVING FORCE FOR CHANGE
SWAPO PARTY AS DRIVING FORCE FOR CHANGE
Through history, SWAPO consciously prepared and positioned itself for a vital role within the Namibian society. It prepared itself to be the government in waiting, which today it has become. For the past 14 years, the SWAPO PARTY ruled Namibia meticulously, drawing on its own experience, the experience of others, while at the same time being cognizant of the fragility of the Namibian society.
As a driving force for change, it put up national pillars in the form of policy pronouncements such as:
- The policy of National Reconciliation
- Reconstructing a new Namibia based on peace and stability
- Unity of purpose by all Namibians across color
- Economic independence as a second struggle
- Vision 2030 and NDP1, NDP2 and NDP3
- Uniting formerly fragmented education system through reform and renewal
- Land reform programmes and resettlement of formerly disadvantaged groups
- Gender sensitivity and equality
For the SWAPO PARTY, and its cadres, the most important hallmark of our very essence is the common watch-words; democracy; solidarity; freedom, social justice, and progress.
Any party cadre must resign him/herself to these fundamental party principles.
The SWAPO PARTY, as driving force for changes, it means, the party and its cadres must of necessity, become that very change. They must believe, live, and promote that very change. While it is important to record and believe in what we did
, it is equally vital to be conscious of what we are doing
, and more importantly, to plan what we shall be doing
. These three steps are the embodiment of societal change. They denote the progress and movement of history.
E.H. Carr, writing in What is History, states; But history is meaningless in a static world. History in its essence is change, movement, or – if you do not cavil at the old-fashioned word- progress
The lesson here is that the SWAPO PARTY cannot forever be what it was in the sixties. It has got to change with the changing times. Its cadres have to change in a changing world. That is progress. It is important as party cadres, to ask ourselves if we are moving forward, since the about 30 years of our liberation struggle, and since the 14 years of our national independence. Party cadres must be the force that moves that change!
It must be understood that the term history
, for the purposes of this study, refers not to the subject, but to the epoch. The SWAPO PARTY finds itself in an era of change, nationally, regionally, continentally and globally. It goes without saying that for it to drive change, the party cadres and revolutionaries must themselves internalise all the tenets of this change. They should be agent of change, yet they should change themselves.
Again, here comes Carr; History is the long struggle of man, by the exercise of his reason to understand his enviroment and to act upon it. But the modern period has broadened the struggle in a revolutionary way. Man now seeks to understand, and to act on, not only his enviroment but himself; and this has added, so to speak, a new dimension to reason, and a new dimension to history…..Modern man is to an unprecedented degree self-conscious and therefore conscious of history. He peers eagerly back into the twilight out of which he has come, in the hope that its faint beams will illuminate the obscurity into which he is going;, and, conversely, his aspirations and anxieties about the path that lies ahead quicken his insight into what lies behind. Past, present and future are linked together in the endless chain of history.
This is a revolutionary recipe to activate our previous and current political convictions, while sharpening our future outlook of socio-political realities within SWAPO in particular, and within Namibia in general. If we are self-conscious, if our political mirror has the capacity to illuminate our inside, then, and only then, can we become agents of change within SWAPO? By the year 2030, the SWAPO led government, wants Namibia to be a fully-fledged industrialised nation. Now this is a mere vision, and will remain as such, if SWAPO cadres are not prepared in that direction. We should acquire the necessary tools and implement to arrive there, such as;
- Unflagging loyalty to SWAPO and patriotism to Namibia
- Technical know-how
- Education not certification
- Hard work, dedication and perseverance
- Information Technology
- Political Education by all cadres not indoctrination
- Plan of Action which is goal-oriented- clear vision and mission
- Unselfish leaders and Managers- who walk in front of the flock and they follow, not behind them, forcing them to follow with a whip. Leaders who walk the talk!