FORMER members of the South West Africa Territory Force (SWATF) and of Koevoet will have their own political party shortly.
The imminent formation of a new political party was announced by Jabulani Ndeunyema, the leader of Namvet, a pressure group that represents former SWATF and Koevoet members.
He said that the new party will be launched formally in Windhoek next month and will be the political arm of Namvet.
Giving the reasons behind the latest development, Ndeunyema said that the existing political parties have for the past 29 years failed to give voice to the aspirations of the former soldiers.
“We have been giving them our votes for nothing. We are not stupid,” he said.
He explained that Namvet is not morphing into a political party. “Namvet will continue with its original mission of demanding that former members of SWATF and Koevoet be recognized as war veterans. The new party will be Namvet’s political arm to counter Swapo, protect our own interests and defend our legacy,” he said before urging all ex-SWATF/Koevoet members to make sure that they and their relatives are registered as voters.
The majority of former SWATF/Koevoet members have in the past supported the DTA (now PDM) and other smaller parties, but there are also many who are now Swapo members.
Linus Tobias, himself a founding member of Namvet and PDM’s councilor for the Oshakati local authority, said that the planned establishment of a new political party does not really enjoy the support of the majority of ex-SWATF/Koevoet members, many of whom are currently serving either in the NDF or the Namibian Police.