22 Feb 2015 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 22 FEB (NAMPA) The United Peoples Movement (UPM) on Friday expelled one of its top members, Lukas de Klerk, with immediate effect.
UPMs Secretary-General (SG) Martin Dentlinger said in a media statement issued here on Sunday that De Klerk was expelled unanimously by the partys leadership during a meeting held that same Friday.
The president of the UPM, Willem Bismark van Wyk confirmed his reluctance of expelling members from the party, but made it clear that De Klerks behaviour lately, especially De Klerks insulting of (Baster) Captain (John) McNab in public, left him no option as to agree to expel De Klerk, he explained.
The UPM, Dentlinger added, wishes the general public to take note that De Klerk has no mandate from the party to make any statement on behalf of the party.
It was reported in a local daily last week that a bitter battle is raging in the Rehoboth-based UPM over its one parliamentary seat.
It quoted deputy UPM leader, De Klerk, as saying that he had been thrown into the political wilderness after securing his partys solitary seat in the forthcoming Parliament.
According to the report, De Klerk had proposed to serve as a Member of Parliament for two and a half years, but this suggestion was rejected, and that party leader van Wyk will now take up the seat.
In the media article, De Klerk accused the party elders of hypocrisy and greed, and claimed there were all sorts of allegations swirling around Van Wyk.
He also criticised McNab and his advisor Martin Hottie Dentlinger for allegedly not voting for their own party.
Contacted for comment on Sunday, Dentlinger accused De Klerk of misconduct and disregarding orders from the partys senior people.
Asked whether the expulsion had anything to do with De Klerk claiming he had been ostracised, the SG said De Klerk was second on the partys list after Van Wyk.
Therefore, he did not qualify for a parliamentary seat, since the UPM only won one seat in last years National Assembly election, said Dentlinger.
He wrote a letter to the party that he wanted to share the parliamentary seat and the party decided that it cannot be done, the SG said.
De Klerk told Nampa on Sunday that he could not comment on the matter since he had not received any official letter from his party about his expulsion.