RDP endorses Hamutenya as candidate for presidential elections

27 Jul 2014 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JUL (NAMPA) – The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) has endorsed President Hidipo Hamutenya as its presidential candidate for the 2014 Presidential Elections.
RDP Secretary-General Mike Kavekotora made this announcement on Sunday during a media briefing on the outcome of the party's Central Committee (CC) meeting, which started here on Saturday.
Kavekotora said the purpose of the CC meeting was to deliberate on the endorsement of the presidential candidate for the 2014 presidential elections and the party manifesto for the Presidential and National Assembly elections, which are scheduled to take place in November.
He noted that the RDP manifesto is being prepared for public distribution. The date for the launch of the document will be announced in due course.
The meeting passed a number of resolutions, including on protracted Rally for Democracy and Progress Youth League (RDPYL) issues.
“The CC took note of the recommendations of the committee set up by the National Executive Committee (NEC) consisting of four national leaders, to conduct an inquiry into the matter of the RDPYL convention held in September 2013,” the RDP secretary-general said.
Kavekotora said the CC meeting resolved to apply recommendations such as instructing the ‘Malumbano group’ to drop their pending court challenge; the RDP withdrawing the pending suspension case against Marvin Vezeevete and Steven Kevanhu; and instructing the ‘Nambelela group’ to find a way to accommodate the other groups in its leadership.
The Malumbano group consists of ousted RDPYL secretary Sibuku Malumbano, Vezeveete, Kevanhu, Justine Itoolwa, Erwin Muharukua, Beatha Erasmus and Peter Shindingeni.
Local English daily The Namibian reported earlier this week that at the RDP youth wing’s extra-ordinary convention held in Keetmanshoop last September, a new youth leadership with Monica Nambelela as secretary was elected.
The Malumbano group is demanding to be reinstated to the leadership positions which they held prior to the controversial extra-ordinary convention; and that the election process which elected the current youth leadership be declared null and void. They also want all decisions taken at the Keetmanshoop extra-ordinary convention declared null and void.
Vezeevete and Kevanhu were suspended on the eve of the convention. They took the matter to court and their suspension was lifted, allowing them to take part in the convention.
Kavekotora said the CC meeting agreed to hold the RDP Electoral College some time in September 2014, with the exact date to be announced in due course.