RDP campaign starts in Omusati

26 Mar 2014 12:20pm
ONGWEDIVA, 26 MAR (NAMPA) – The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) has recently appointed its secretary for transport, Magnus Nangombe, as chairperson of the party’s national leaders assigned to the Omusati Region.
This was revealed by one of the RDP leaders assigned to that region, Eino Heelu, in an interview with Nampa on Tuesday.
Heelu is both the RDP’s secretary for education and training and a local authority councillor at the Ongwediva Town Council in the Oshana Region.
Penda “Guava” Nangolo (deputy secretary for finance) and Robert Mutongela (local authority councillor at Katima Mulilo in the Zambenzi Region) are other RDP national leaders assigned to serve in the Omusati Region.
The four leaders are all members of the RDP central committee.
Heelu said they are assigned to the Omusati Region with the purpose to work together with the RDP regional leadership, headed by the youthful Immanuel Shikongo, to ensure visibility of their political organisation in that region.
“We are determined to work hard and make the RDP presence felt in the Omusati Region, and at the same time conducting serious campaigns to reach all our members, supporters and sympathisers throughout that region,” Heelu charged.
He added that the RDP campaign this time around is to do away with the syndrome of Omusati being a Swapo-Party stronghold region and a “no-go-area” for other political parties.
According to Heelu, they commenced their activities in the Omusati Region already on Friday last week when they met with members of the regional leadership at Oshikuku where they have drawn up their campaign roadmap.
Their next move will be meetings with the Omusati regional governor Sophia Shaningwa, councillors of all 12 constituencies, Police regional commander and traditional leaders to let their presence in the region known.
“We will start organising and holding our political rallies in the region soon,” Heelu stated.
He then cautioned that the RDP team does not want intimidation from anybody during their rallies and campaign for support in the Omusati Region this time around, like in 2009 when Swapo and RDP supports confronted each other with the throwing of stones after the RDP rally held at Outapi.
“We will do it procedurally, professionally and within our mandate as a registered and official opposition political party in Namibia,” said Heelu.