Swapo backbencher in the National Assembly Gotthard Kasuto is a devoted father and deeply religious person, who as a politician spends most part of any working day at office, yet makes a point to have time to pray with his family and fellowship with his congregation in Katutura. New Era Weekend spent a day this week with Kasuto at his house in Wanaheda, Katutura. And the first thing that Kasuto does when he wakes up is to pray. “I am used to waking up as early as 04:00 and start prayer after which we go back to bed and then get up again, at five,” says Kasuto.
Married for than ten years, Kasuto is a father of a 14-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son who stay with him in a rented house in the Wanaheda area, where he says he is near “to the people”.
On this day, as any other, the Kasuto family has breakfast in the sitting room, as there is no dining area. Breakfast consists of bread, hot beverages, eggs or oatmeal. But Kasuto does not partake. Instead he and wife Magdalena divide the task of preparing the children for school, and the wife would drop them off at school.
With the children having departed to school, Kasuto capitalizes on the fresh morning air to make sure he gets the best out of his walk before returning home to have his light breakfast alone and prepare for work.
When he arrives at Parliament, Kasuto quickly jumps into a Standing Committee meeting which lasts up to 11:00 before leaving for the bank to sort out a personal matter, after which he has lunch.
“I love African movies because most of the things they show pertain to what is really happening in our societies – there are some real things happening when you compare them with the reality on the ground,” Kasuto explained.
“I am also a fan of global news. I keep myself updated with what is happening around the globe.”
Kasuto is very careful about what he eats and prefers chicken with rice and Greek salad as his favourite dish. And he does not consume alcohol. “I am not a wine person. I do not drink alcohol, I prefer sipping on hot beverages, such as coffee or tea, and other healthy fluids,” he says.
He is also a clean person, and his favourite colour is white but likes a plain suit worn with a bright coloured shirt. But a car must be in white, because he says, white is clean.
After lunch he returns to Parliament for the National Assembly session that lasts the entire afternoon. He then leaves to join his family at church. The day of course ends with a prayer and a light dinner for the Kasutos.
When he is not in Windhoek he is at the village Otjovakuejuva in Otjombinde, Omaheke Region. “I spend my vacations and time off at the village. I spend it farming but once you have hopped onto this political vehicle many a time you find yourself busy with politics even when on holiday,” he says.
Kasuto is a twin and told New Era Weekend that his sister has followed in their father’s footsteps. He was a teacher. As for him, politics took hold of him at a very young age, from class captain to head boy, as a member of the housing committee in the hostel, to the student organization Nanso, leadership positions, to a union representative and then a leadership position in Swapo.