RDP gets ground at Outapi

20 May 2014 19:00pm
ONGWEDIVA, 20 MAY (NAMPA) – The official opposition party, the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP)’s election campaign gained momentum at Outapi in the Omusati Region when it hoisted its party flag there on Saturday.
One of the RDP’s national leaders assigned to the Omusati Region, Eino Heelu told Nampa on Monday that it was the first time the RDP managed to hoist its political flag in the Omusati regional capital since the formation of the party about six years ago.
Outapi is regarded as one of the Swapo-Party’s strongholds in the country, and was once declared a no-go area for the RDP by the ruling party-affiliated Omusati residents, who even prevented the RDP members and supporters from holding a political rally there in 2008.
That RDP rally ended up with the throwing of stones and empty bottles between RDP and Swapo members and supporters.
A mob of about 50 Swapo supporters again attacked a small group of RDP regional leaders at Outapi on 10 May this year.
The RDP Omusati regional leaders were under a tree at Outapi’s Onhimbu informal settlement strategising their political mobilisation at the time when the Swapo-Party supporters attacked them.
Four RDP leaders sustained serious injuries and received medical treatment at the district hospital of Outapi, while damages were caused to a house of an RDP member at Onhimbu, as a result of the said mob attack.
“We have finally managed to have our flag hoisted at Outapi during a meeting we held there last Saturday,” Heelu stated.
He added that what was more interesting during last Saturday’s meeting is that some Swapo supporters surrounded their meeting venue, and stayed the entire time, listening to the RDP speakers.
“The sticks confiscated by the Police prior to Saturday’s RDP meeting was carried by some of our people who anticipated to defend themselves if they were to be attacked again, and it was not to go beat people randomly,” Heelu replied when asked why they carried weapons to Outapi.