"I am young and energetic": Haufiku

09 Apr 2015 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 09 APR (NAMPA) – Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) Deputy Director of Elections, Libolly Haufiku, says he is the best-qualified candidate for the position of party president because of his political background.
“I am an old politician, one of the founders of this party, young, energetic, focused and I believe I have the skills and intellectual capacity to navigate RDP out of its current stagnation,” Haufiku said while launching his campaign for the position of RDP president under the slogans “RDP first” and “Together as one” here on Wednesday.
RDP will elect its new president during its extra-ordinary convention on 23 May after the resignation of the party’s founding president Hidipo Hamutenya in February this year. Hamutenya later withdrew his resignation, saying he was forced to resign but the party’s executive committee rejected the withdrawal.
Other RDP members interested in the position are Jeremiah Nambinga, Kandy Nehova and Member of Parliament (MP) Heiko Lucks.
Haufiku was born at Walvis Bay in 1959.
He started his political career at the age of 10 as a member of the Swapo Pioneer Movement, a group of activists, and was detained for the first time in 1970.
Haufiku suffered temporal detentions, police harassment and beatings and was later prohibited from going to school after he organised a strike at Inboorling Skool (now Immanuel Ruiters Primary School) at Kuisebmond, Walvis Bay in 1974.
The young politician left Namibia seeking exile in Zambia in 1974, where he spent about two years undergoing military training. He became the first-ever commander of the Young Platoon of the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) – Swapo’s military wing.
Haufiku was elected a group leader of 19 Swapo students who went for further secondary education in Ghana between 1976 and 1979.
He was an English and History teacher for Namibian students in Kwanza-Sul in Angola, while was at the same time undergoing his second military training in Lubango, Angola from 1979 to 1982.
Haufiku attended a 10-month course in Sports Management in Potsdam, Germany in 1982, and in 1984 he obtained a Diploma in Education from Moray House College of Education in Scotland under the banner of Swapo.
Later, he was assigned to Cuba to teach English and Namibian History to Namibian students, and in 1989 carried out a project in Finland to produce English and Mathematics textbooks for independent Namibia.
While working on the project in Finland, Haufiku enrolled for a Master’s Degree in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Helsinki.
In the same period (1986-1989), Haufiku was elected as a Swapo student body leader in the Nordic countries - Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland - and represented the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) at international forums in these countries.
After Namibia's independence, Haufiku got his first job in 1997 at the National Planning Commission (NPC) and left in 1999 to become the head of the Walvis Bay Export Processing Zone Management Company until 2003.
Between 2002 and 2009, Haufiku was appointed by the Finnish Government as the Honorary Consul of Finland to Namibia to represent their interest in Namibia and promote trade and investment between the two countries.
As a Swapo Party youth activist from 2005 to 2007, Haufiku was assigned by the Swapo Political Bureau to establish the digitalised political and military archives of the Swapo Party.
He resigned from that political party in 2008 to become a founding member of the RDP, where he held several leadership positions.
These include the positions of Director-General of Administration; Secretary for International Relations; Secretary for Mobilisation; and currently RDP Deputy Director of Elections.
The RDP presidential candidate owns shares and sits as an executive director in several companies in the country.
Haufiku has interests in fishing, tourism and commodity trading.