THE fifteen political parties and eleven presidential candidates are wrapping up their campaigns with massive rallies this weekend in a last-ditch attempt to win the hearts and minds of as many voters as possible before Election Day, Wednesday next week.
The Swapo presidential candidate Hage Geingob will address a star rally in Windhoek and the party is also holding small-scale gatherings across the country, while independent candidate Panduleni Itula concentrates the last leg of his campaign in the North, with rallies Saturday and Sunday at Outapi and Oshakati respectively.
The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) is holding a rally at Opuwo on Saturday and the last one in Windhoek on Sunday.
Other participating parties are also crisscrossing the northern regions, but they have kept an unusually low profile throughout the campaign.
Meanwhile, Informanté spoke to a number of traditional leaders in the North who expressed satisfaction with the peaceful manner this year’s campaign was conducted.
None of them was however prepared to go on record. They cited a strict “gag order” from the line ministry.
“We are happy with the peaceful way this campaign was conducted, but we are irritated by the tribalistic utterances of supporters of some candidates,” said a junior traditional councillor on condition of anonymity.
Informanté is aware of audios circulating on social media where one specific candidate is dismissed because he belongs to a tribe that is allegedly “naturally incompetent”.
Approached for comment, Chief Herman Iipumbu of the Uukwambi Traditional Authority and also the Chairman of the eight traditional authorities of Ovawambo, said: “We are not allowed to comment on the campaign.”