Saturday 10 April 2021
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Utjiua Muinjangue: Make me your president

NUDO presidential hopeful Utjiua Muinjangue is becoming a force to be reckoned with, within the party’s presidential race. She is also confident that she is the right person to lead the party out of the political slumber it finds itself in.
She has, unlike others, mustered the backbone to say she wants to be president and outline what she will do once elected into that role.
Muinjangue has done what other NUDO women have up until now failed to do: to throw the gauntlet down and to say unambiguously: “I want to be president and this is what I will do for the country and for the party in that position.”
Others have spoken about and based their campaigns on broad discussions about unity, fighting corruption and fighting unemployment. But they have stuck to the seasonal political rhetoric, and not explicitly defining how they, as individuals, will serve the party as president.
Her candid and charismatic approach to politics has won her many supporters, but she feels there’s only solution to party’s woeful performance at the national polls: new leadership.
Muinjangue’s political prowess was most discernible during an interview with The Patriot about her presidential campaign.
She explained how she launched her campaign in Okakarara-a location known as the den of her competitor Vetaruhe Kandorozu.
“It was a deliberate move to show him that I have support in his area and that I am not afraid to move into dangerous territory,” she said boldly.
Muinjangue said she is hard at work meeting congress delegates to gain their support.
“The campaign’s first step is to make sure that delegates are on your side. There is no point addressing big crowds who will not be at congress,” she said.
She said NUDO has potential to grow and highlighted the need for the party to diversify in order to get rid of the “Herero” tag.
“People will not come to a party where nothing is happening. My goal is to be very active in politics, to be active in discussions with other opposition parties.
There is a serious need for opposition parties to talk and come together. Because now all that we are doing is strengthening the ruling party,” she said.
She added: “The current NUDO leadership is not visible, I don’t see them contributing meaningfully in parliament or activities happening in Namibia, we do not need to isolate ourselves because we are also part of Namibia.”
Muinjangue maintains that the party has failed to grow because it does not have the right leadership.
“We do not have the right leadership at the moment. I remember in 2004 when we moved out of DTA with only six months before the elections, we still managed to get three seats. That has since reduced.
The leadership that we have are not appealing to the people. They aren’t active enough in parliament. People need to know and see NUDO,” she said worryingly.
Should she be voted into power next month, Muinjangue promised to focus her attention on land affairs, job creation, fighting gender-based violence and providing quality education.
She is also worried about NUDO’s “dormant” youth league.
“The youth league of the party is only visible when they are organising Miss NUDO.
A party should not be focused on beauty contests, they need to focus on real issues that will have a meaningful impact on people’s lives. There are many other important issues the youth can look at,” she said.
Muinjangue currently holds no leadership position in the party, a possible blockage for her presidency bid.
Asked why she opted to run for the top position in the party instead of the others, she said: “It is in my nature, I am that kind of person who always want to challenge issues. I will conform to certain things when it is appropriate but I do not follow blindly.”
She also urged women in the party to throw their support behind her to advance the women empowerment agenda.
“I am not saying they should vote for me simply because I am a women, but because of what I bring to the table.  I trust that my fellow women will be politically mature and vote for me and give me a chance to lead and grow the party. After five years, if they see I have not delivered, then they can take action. Even men should vote for me,” she said.
Muinjangue warned party members against slate politics and urged all party members vying for positions at next month’s congress to remain united, regardless of the outcome.

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