12 Apr 2015 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 12 APR (NAMPA) - The DTA of Namibia welcomed 18 defectors from the National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) to the party here on Saturday.
The 18, who are mostly young people, were welcomed at a media conference held by DTA Secretary General (SG) Vincent Kanyetu and DTA Youth League SG Benson Katjirijova.
Just last week the official opposition also welcomed the former spokesperson of the Namibian Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF), Oslen Kahiriri, who apparently turned down an offer of membership from the ruling Swapo-Party and joined DTA instead.
Kahiriri, who left NEFF early this year, said he was excited to join a party that has such a youthful aura to it and one in which he feels he would be able to contribute immensely.
Katjirijova said this is a big achievement for the DTA, adding that new members are signing up without the party approaching people to join it because of the progress the DTA is making.
This he said is due to the party's hard work during the general elections last year, and because the party is led by a visionary young leader, McHenry Venaani.
It gives me joy because the DTA has just increased its numbers in terms of voting. As you are all aware we are awaiting Regional and Local Authority elections, DTA SG Kanyetu said on his part.
He noted that the DTA expects to welcome another eight defectors from the Congress of Democrats (CoD) in the next week.
Kanyetu also told the new members they do not have to wait five years or longer for them to be elected to the party structures.
As long as you have taken up membership you are equal to any old or founding member of the DTA, he said.
He also urged them to respect the elders in the party, adding that any organisation that does not have discipline is likely to fail.
He further stated that the DTA currently does not have a representative in the City of Windhoek.
However, our aim after the Regional and Local Elections is to have at least five representatives. This is why we are working hard and welcoming new members, Kanyetu said.
Since January this year, the DTA has welcomed close to 8 000 new members.