Haufiku joins race for RDP president

08 Apr 2015 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 08 APR (NAMPA) - The current Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) Deputy Director of Elections, Libolly Haufiku has launched his campaign to contest the party's presidency.
Haufiku joined the race with Jeremiah Nambinga, Kandy Nehova and Member of Parliament Heiko Lucks for the position of RDP president to be contested on 23 May during the party's extra-ordinary convention.
Founding president Hidipo Hamutenya resigned in February this year but later withdrew his resignation, saying he was forced to resign. However, the party’s executive committee rejected the withdrawal.
Speaking at a media briefing here on Wednesday, Haufiku said he will run his campaign with the slogans “RDP first” and “Together as One” to rally the entire rank and file of the RDP and the prosperous Namibian nation.
He said he decided to participate in the race after being inundated by phone calls, emails and visits by RDP members, supporters and sympathisers for him to take part.
If elected into power, Haufiku promised to transform the party and get it into good shape after the establishment of factions, which resulted in the resignation of many party supporters and sympathisers.
“The RPD faces multiple challenges, including factionalism, after the last party convention and it left many of our members, supporters and sympathisers demoralised. Some members became inactive and more so, a few resigned to join some other political parties,” he said.
Haufiku promised to tackle the party structures that are dormant, and bring back the spirit and vision established in 2007 - that of unity of purpose - and renew efforts to realise a common purpose of unseating the ruling party.
He further said that if elected, he will propose that the party’s youth and women leaders be represented at the level of the National Executive Committee.
“This is to merely ensure that nobody feels left out on crucial policy decisions in our organisation,” he said.
Haufiku reminded the party members and supporters not to be distracted from the party's main goal of unseating the Swapo-led government, which he said “has failed the people over and over again”.