28 Jul 2013 11:10
OPUWO, 28 JULY (NAMPA) The Secretary-General of the DTA of Namibia, McHenry Venaani officially launched his presidential ambitions in Opuwo on Sunday.
In his campaign message, Venaani pledged to restore the DTA to its rightful opposition party status it had in the 1990s when it had 22 seats in parliament, which have since diminished to only two seats currently.
My mission is to revive the DTA and ensure that more than 10 people get seats in parliament, and also revamp the partys policy to ensure that growth is observed, said Venaani.
He noted that he would want to work with the current party president Katutire Kaura and the next vice-president, if he becomes DTA president.
I cannot engage myself as it is insulting my leaders who are my masters of politics or teachers. It will be very shameful of me to turn to calling my leaders names or insulting them, because to me they are my seniors and it is in their power to do so, he said.
Venaani indicated the DTA is a democratic party, and it is thus not a sin to call for a change, and the time is now that new blood is needed to revive the party which is about to die a natural death.
He said the current leadership had tried what it could, and have to realise that it could not break through, so it should give a chance to other leaders to help and come up with other strategies and revive the party to its might.
Speaking at the campaign launch, Chief of the Otjikaoko Traditional Authority, Veziruapi Tjavara said there is no competition from the Kunene Region against Venaani contesting the presidency position.
We are just waiting for the official confirmation or handing over of the presidency seat officially by Kaura to Venaani, because he (Kaura) announced to us in February this year about his plans to retire and not stand for the position again this year, noted Tjavara.
The DTAs National Womens Council Chairperson, Kamutuua Tjeundo, who also spoke at the launch, said women are the mothers of the nation, and they should always vote wisely to ensure that the future of their children are in the hands of good leaders.
The final fight in the DTAs presidency race will be on 07 September this year when the partys congress takes place in Windhoek, with 180 delegates expected to attend.
Before the congress, a meeting of the partys executive leaders will be convened in August this year.
The national organiser of the DTA Youth League, Ueutjerevi Ngunaihe has reportedly indicated his desire to challenge for the vice-presidency position.
Approached for comment, Ngunaihe reluctantly said that if the opportunity presents itself, he would grab it with both hands.
About 1 000 people attended Venaani's campaign launch, including regional representatives from Omaheke, Hardap, Karas, Khomas, Erongo, Kavango, Otjozondjupa, Caprivi and Kunene.
Those present, including traditional leaders, encouraged Venaani to be strong and to count on their support.