Mature SWAPO's War For Freedom
By Udo W. Froese
SWAPO Party's war against the illegal and illegitimate occupiers of Namibia and their hated colonial-apartheid laws and structures, was a war for freedom. It is history that SWAPO and its formidable armed wing, the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) won the war and finally the democratic elections back in 1989.Independence followed on 21 March 1990.
Namibians were finally set free.
They could go wherever they
wanted to and set up business
wherever they needed to and
were given access to their land,
which they could till. However,
a part of commercial farmland
remained in the hands of those,
who benefitted from the former
occupiers, Germany and South
As the late struggle stalwart,
Ruth First, documented in her
book, "South West Africa",
"The crowding of Africans into
small Reserves has undermined
their subsistence economy,
while taxes have only increased
their impoverishment. Labour
regulations decree that a tribesman
may enter a labour area and
earn a cash wage, to pay his tax
and tide his family over a short
period in their rural slum, but
that he must return home at the
end of his labour contract."
During those cruel and disrespectful
times, the force of
law backed such actions.
In other words, indigenous
African Namibians, or original
Namibians, were guests in their
own land providing cheap and
restricted labour. At the same
time they remained imprisoned
in structured poverty.
"Thus, each Reserve, town,
or farming area (including
mines) is an island surrounded
by a sea of restrictions. Once a
man is ordained to live and
work in one area, there is little
or nothing that he can do to
change his situation. If he steps
beyond the limits recorded in
his passes, he risks arrest by
the police, the detectives in
plain clothes, the labour inspectors,
who search everyone
Ruth First recorded the
above in her historic book,
"South West Africa", published
The revolutionary movement
of the masses of Namibia,
SWAPO, led by its president Sam
Nujoma, was formed on 19 April
1960. The liberation movement
stood its ground undisputedly
in the van of the Namibian
people's struggle. The war for
freedom lasted until March 1989.
"All the Africans of South
West Africa, whether Ovambo,
or Herero, Nama or Damara, were
subject to the same exploitation.
The workers in the migrant
labour camps - unfit for human
occupation - saw that unity
across all tribal barriers was their
only weapon against their oppressors.
Since that time Sam
Nujoma has felt a deep commitment
to this solidarity."
Researchers, historians and
authors Alfred Babing and Hans-
Dieter Braeuer reported the
above in their book, "Namibia".
Why does this writer refer to
the abovenow in 2014? Well, history
seems forgotten as soon as
the struggle was over and freedom
had been achieved. New
developments cast their shadows.
It seems that whatever the
SWAPO-led government does,
it is severely criticised that it is
"corrupt and not doing enough
for the people of
with the assistance of the media
seem to expect a social welfare
state, where government does
everything for the people. Instant
gratification trends the
destabilisation and a debt holocaust,
and poverty setting in everywhere,
Namibia seems quite well
off. So-called "Arab Springs"
and anarchy, regime changes
and economic disintegration
make headline news daily. The
Yemeni wars speak for themselves.
To date, Namibians live in a
peaceful environment with an
existing and managed infrastructure.
Namibia is well known for
its peace and cleanliness, its accommodating
tourist influx from Europe and
Black and white Namibians
live peacefully next to one another.
City, towns and rural areas
boast good living standards.
roads, shopping malls and telecommunication
readily available. The country's
middle class has grown,still
benefiting from Namibia's welcoming
The port of Walvis Bay is currently
boom. The export industry has
taken off. Namibia's economy
grows despite a global economic
The country is a member of
the regional Southern African
(SADC), the African Union
(AU), and the UNO and keeps
its close financial and economic
ties with South Africa and Germany
and the international community.
Of course, the poor classes
cannot be wished away and
need urgent attention. They
were victims of colonialapartheid's
structures of poverty.
It would take time, commitment,
guidance, education and
social welfare to support them
out of their poverty.
However, SWAPO Party has
succeeded to turn an enslaved
indigenous African Namibian
community to a growing and
solid nation with hope for a better
future. Namibia's young with
their access to a better education
and therefore, with greater
possibilities to participate in the
economy, has never had such
SWAPO Youth League has
its role to play by informing the
youth of the sacrifices their parents
and grandparents made.
History should be made obligatory
so that the slaughter of
their forefathers in Namibia, in
neighbouring countries and at
Kassinga for example, will never
be forgotten.This is the history
of SWAPO's brothers and sisters
of this region in a joint
struggle against imperialist, racial
occupation and exploitation.
They include South Africa's
African National Congress
(ANC), Angola's MPLA,
Zambia's weakened UNIP and
Today SWAPO Party demonstrates
mature African politics
based on Christian principles.
It commands the respect
of all, who live on the land.
Such respect includes good and
critical advice and guidance,
hard work and the support those
deserve who were prepared to
give their lives for the freedom
of the future generations.
SWAPO Party decided in its
last Congress to have Right
Honorable Dr. Hage Geingob as
party president. This decision
is respected as it shows mature
How often was SWAPO
Partydescribed as "the new
colonisers of Namibia", as its
leadership consisted of strong
Ovambo representation and the
Ovambo are the biggest people
of the country?
SWAPO Party demonstrates
that it is not an ethnic party, but
a unifier for all people living in
Namibia. Party president, Dr.
Hage Geingob, a member of the
indigenous Damara people,
proves that the ruling party has
no ethnic factionalism.
Another term under SWAPO
Party leadership would ensure
continuity and stability.