…NUDO to hold Elective Congress in 2018
Okakarara Constituency councillor Vetaruhe Kandorozu believes the time is ripe for him to take over the baton from long-term servant and president of the National Unity Democratic Organisation of Namibia (NUDO) Asser Mbai when the party holds its elective congress next year.
Kandorozu will however have to navigate his way through a political storm started by party members opposing his bid to lead the party. A source told this newspaper that senior party members are not happy with the manner in which Kandorozu conducts himself, many feel he undermines the party’s leadership and does things without consulting the leadership.
In an interview with The Patriot yesterday, Kandorozu confirmed his readiness to ascend to the presidency of the party he joined 14 years ago.
“I was approached by certain party members on whether I was interested in the party’s presidency at next year’s Congress. And I told them that I am available to serve them (as president),” Kandorozu confirmed.
Questioned on his credentials and preparedness to take charge of the party that defected from DTA in the early 2000s, Kandorozu said he is “ready”.
“I am ready. I’ve been with this party since 2003 when it defected from the union[DTA] to be a party on its own and when it registered with the Electoral Commission of Namibia,” he said.
Kandorozu added: “I’ve served for 13 years now in the Regional Council since 2004. I am part of the management of the Otjozondjupa Regional Council and I am also the deputy secretary general of the party. So I have gained sufficient experience to serve in the portfolio of party president,” said Kandorozu before adding that he has served in NUDO’s executive for two terms now.
If elected as NUDO president at the party’s congress which is slated for February 2018, Kandorozu’s top priority is to grow the party’s national membership base. Kandorozu said his intention to contest for NUDO presidency was further fuelled by the fact that the party’s incumbent leader has shown no interest to continue serving in the role to due health related issues.
“The incumbent president[Mbai] declared that as he was getting old and his health would not allow him to continue, thus he will not able to stand. He[Mbai] got into the position through the provisions of the Constitution and not our congress. As per the constitution, if the incumbent president dies, the vice president asumes duty,” Kandorozu explained. Mbai replaced the late Ovaherero Paramount Chief Kuaima Riruako as NUDO president in 2014.
Kandorozu further noted: “After the incumbent[Mbai] declared that he would not stand for the position, that’s when some party members came to me and suggested that I was capable to contest with other members who would wish to take over from Mbai.” Kandorozu was quick to point out that nominations for candidates at congress has not opened. Thus his willingness to contest for any position the party remains just “a prospect”.
Also speaking to this publication yesterday, NUDO secretary general Meundju Jahanika said the party’s executive will meet in the coming days to map the way forward regarding its preparation for the envisaged congress.
“The executive will meet in the coming days and will make recommendations to the National Council. The National Council will then determine the congress dates,” said Jahanika.
“Only after the congress dates are set, then will we be able to know as to when the campaigns for those vying for positions will start. Officially, there are no candidates for now.”
When it was put to him whether he had ambitions to lead the party, Jahanika retorted: “Personally, I am the SG. I have programmes that I still to conclude that I think should continue.
Therefore, if the members request that I should serve in the position to conclude all my programmes, I will not have a problem to contest in the position of SG, if that is what the members want.”
Efforts to get hold of Mbai regarding who his preferred candidate for the party’s presidency was were fruitless as he could not be reached on his mobile.
Sources familiar with NUDO say, Kandorozu is favourite to land the presidency position. He is expected to be deputised by Utjiua Muinjangue while Jahanika will contest for the position of SG and to be deputised by Lesley Kauandara.