DTA vice-president says omission from list was planned

08 Oct 2014 10:40am
OPUWO, 08 OCT (NAMPA) - The omission of the DTA of Namibia’s vice-president Kazeongere Tjeundo from the party’s list of candidates for the upcoming National Assembly elections, was planned.
Tjeundo, who is the current constituency councillor of Opuwo Urban, told Nampa on Wednesday that it was a party decision for him to be excluded from the list.
“I am not the only one who did not feature on the party’s National Assembly list.
The Secretary-General of the DTA, Vincent Kanyetu, and the councillor of the Epupa Constituency Nguzu Muharukua were also not included,” he explained.
Rumours have been doing the rounds that Tjeundo wanted to advance his wife, Rosa Mbinge to number two on the list, only for her to end up at number seven. Muharukua apparently made way for his son Vipuakuje Muharukua, the owner of Muharukua Attorneys, who emerged at number three on the party list.
Tjeundo added that their decision not to stand for positions was done in the interest of the party.
It would also allow them to keep their positions as councillors, and give others a chance to vie for the positions on the party list.
“We wanted to give the party our full attention while keeping the positions that we have, rather than going for high positions and neglecting the party’s priorities of restructuring nationally,” he noted.
Muharukua echoed these sentiments, saying this also gives the ‘young blood’ in the DTA a chance to take the party to a higher level.
He stressed that they were not omitted from the list because they were outvoted by the young people, but because they decided not to stand.
“We are not on the party list by choice. It is not that we have lost popularity, or were outvoted by the youths. Unlike the elders in the ruling Swapo-Party who were beaten by youths, we chose to groom the young people,” he added.
The former councillor of the Epupa Constituency, Kasita Mburura is at number 64 on the list, while the Chief Control Officer at the Epupa Constituency Office, Tjimutambo Kuuoko, is in 27th position on the list.
Another relatively young candidate from the Kunene Region is Reverend Ueutjerevi Ngunaihe, who is 47.
He works for the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare in Opuwo.
The National Assembly and Presidential elections are slated for 28 November this year.