South Africa and other countries that have abstained from voting against Russia at the United Nations General Assembly in response to the war in Ukraine face intense international criticism.
The controversial decision by Rugby Africa to host its 2023 Rugby World Cup qualifiers in France has ruffled feathers. Many have asked why an important African tournament, in the fastest growing sport on the continent is being played in Europe.
With a growing number of younger Namibian voters born after independence, the struggle narrative became increasingly anachronistic.
Russia is attempting to export its governance model of an authoritarian, kleptocratic and transactional regime onto Africa.
German’s commitment of €1.1bn for development projects in Namibia over 30 years is too cheap a price to pay for remorse.
The legitimacy of SWAPO, the former liberation movement that has governed since 1990, has been eroded amid growing corruption and a deepening economic crisis.
New struggles are taking shape across the African continent and in the diaspora. Reminiscent of the 60s, a wave of consciousness has been sweeping across the continent with young people pushing for good governance and respect of fundamental human rights. At the core of the struggles is the desire by young Africans to be heard, respected and included in decisions to shape an inclusive Africa we want.
The November 2020 local and regional elections have indeed put Namibia’s political culture at a crossroads.
The protests carried on for days and continue to simmer in a country whose social fabric has been torn by toxic masculinity and a violent colonial past.