RDP denies plotting against its president

17 Jul 2014 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 17 JUL (NAMPA) - The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) has condemned media reports that the party is plotting to reject the endorsement of incumbent president Hidipo Hamutenya’s candidacy for the presidential election due in November this year.
The opposition party’s Secretary of Information, Jeremiah Nambinga said in a media statement issued here on Thursday that the RDP works democratically and transparently.
“That Hamutenya had struggled to secure the support of the Central Committee (CC) of his party is but a lie. The RDP CC never met to discuss issues related to Hamutenya‘s presidential candidacy,” he stated.
These reports, he pointed out, are nothing but “a calculated effort to mislead and confuse the rank and file of the RDP”.
The Namibian Sun daily newspaper on Monday reported that Hamutenya allegedly demanded close to N.dollars 600 000 from the party for renting an office at his home in Olympia.
It said such information emerged, amid reports that some of the party’s leaders wanted to block his endorsement as the party’s presidential candidate ahead of this year’s general elections.
A company owned by the Hamutenya family, Cutting-Edge Enterprises, allegedly presented the official opposition with the hefty bill about two months ago.
Hamutenya was a member of the Namibian Cabinet under the Swapo-Party flag from the country's independence in 1990 to 2004.
He was defeated in a bid for the party's presidential nomination in 2004, and left Swapo to form an opposition group, the RDP in 2007. He was elected president of that party the same year, and to the National Assembly in the 2009 general election.