The Umbrella for Democratic Change’s Parliamentary candidate for Ghanzi North, Noah Salakae has blamed the low turnout at opposition rallies on intimidation by the Directorate of Intelligence Services. (DIS)
Speaking during the launch of both parliamentary and council candidates for Maun East, Salakae said that a number of government employees have confided in him that they were frightened to attend opposition party rallies because they didn’t want to be seen by DIS which would then lead to victimisation at work.
“After my launch which was held on June 14,many civil servants told me that they were warned to desist from attending political rallies because they would be watched.”
Speaking to The Voice after the rally Salakae claimed that the situation had gone from bad to worse as some people no longer wanted to be seen with them (opposition candidates) in public because they are afraid the DIS could be watching them.
Reporting the threats by DIS to the police would be a waste of time since no action will be taken, Salakae noted.
Business people who had shown interest in assisting UDC have also expressed fears that they could be under surveillance by the security body.
“Elections have never been fair and it looks like there is not going to be any change any time soon,” he said in conclusion.
Efforts to get hold of DIS boss Isaac Kgosi were futile as his phone rang unanswered.