Thursday 15 April 2021
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RDP falls on hard times

By Staff Reporter

The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) has again postponed its elective congress due to financial constraints among other reasons, party secretary general, Mike Kavekotora has confirmed.
Early this year Kavekotora told The Patriot that the party needed N$1.5 million to hold the convention.
The party was supposed to hold its elective convention for its top four positions in December last year but the convention was postponed to March this year and still it has not materialised.
In March the party’s central committee then shifted the congress to early this month but this promise was yet again not honoured.
After the third postponement, the party said at the time that no further extensions shall be given beyond 10 May and all structures that were not concluded by then shall be excluded from sending delegates to the third ordinary congress.
So far, there are two factions, one led by Kavekotora and another one led by party central committee member Miriam Hamutenya, that have emerged.
Kavekotora’s running mates are Kennedy Shekupakela as vice-president while City of Windhoek councillor Brunhilde Cornelius is the slate choice for SG.
Their deputy secretary general candidate is parliamentarian, Agnes Limbo.
On her slate, Hamutenya will be deputised by party former parliamentarian, Heiko Lucks.
For the position of secretary-general, the Hamutenya-led slate has Walter Ndakondja, who is a former school principal and education inspector, as its candidate, while Sibuku Malumbano will be its candidate for the deputy secretary general position.
The Patriot also understands that the party secretary for housing, Kandy Nehova also vies for party presidency.
Meanwhile, in a media statement issued recently by party Secretary of information and publicity, Nghiningiluandubo Kashume the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Central Committee (CC) of RDP at its ordinary meeting held on the 8th May 2019 resolved now the convention will be conducted on 1 June this year.
It was also resolved that the regions that have not completed their regional conferences (about five of them) be given a chance to finish their conferences and should be completed before the 25th May 2019.
The party also decided that “the 3rd ordinary National Convention scheduled for the 10th to the 12th May 2019 be postponed to the 1st and the 2nd June 2019 to allow //Karas, Hardap, Erongo, Kunene- South and Oshikoto to finish their conferences and give space to the Party leadership to properly finalise the National Convention preparations.
It was further resolved “That the National Executive Committee convenes on the 25th May 2019, to review progress and to finalise the master list for the National Convention delegates.
“That the Central Committee meets on the 31st May 2019 to finalise the preparations for the National Convention and set rules and guidelines governing the proceedings of the Convention.
RDP has been mired in leadership squabbles in recent years, leading to the resignation of some of its founding members such as Founding President, the late Hidipo Hamutenya and second President Jeremiah Nambinga.
Nambinga resigned in August saying the party was no longer fulfilling its mandate which was to vent the “frustration and offer a reasoned critique of policy failures of the ruling SWAPO Party in respect of dilapidated and poor healthcare provision, poverty, corruption engineered by the well-connected”.
According to the party’s constitution, the national convention shall be composed of all 65 members of the central committee, 10 delegates from each of the 14 regions, three delegates elected from each RDP district, 20 delegates from the RDP Youth League and 25 delegates from RDP Women’s League.

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