Most Namibians support more women in Parliament

Namibians' opinions on gender, land, and history come to the forefront.

This Morning, we released the first set of results from the Afrobarometer survey we conducted in late November last year. The Afrobarometer is a national, representative survey that asks people about a variety of issues in politics – it is the best, and often only, indication we get of what Namibians think on many issues.

In this first presentation, we covered a variety of issues. Given the increased number of women in Parliament, we asked Namibians about their thoughts on women in parliament. Most thought the increase in women made Parliament more effective, and a majority thought all parties should have gender quotas.

We also asked about a number of historical issues: about the negotiations with the German government about reparations, about whether SWATF/Koevoet veterans should get veterans’ pensions, and about whether there should be an independent inquiry into Lubango. More people thought there should be an inquiry than not, and more thought there should be benefits than not. The vast majority of Namibians supported genocide reparations, but a majority thought that traditional authorities should be involved in negotiations — which they are currently not.

Finally, we asked a set of questions about government’s performance on land resettlement, the provision of urban land, and who people thought represented them the best. Just over half of Namibians said that government was not effective in providing housing in urban areas, and thought the resettlement programme was not effective. 41 percent of Namibians said the Affirmative Repositioning movement was most effective at getting government to pay more attention to land issues.

To see the full presentation, click here.

12 April 2018