RDP is not dead:Nambinga

05 Jul 2015 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 05 JUL (NAMPA) - Newly-elected President of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) Jeremiah Nambinga says he will use his position to unite party members who currently faced with a challenge of disunity.
“Difficult times will always come, but when we are confronted by them we shall join hands as a team and overcome them,” he said during a media briefing in the capital on Sunday, a day after he was elected to lead the party.
“I want RDP members to remain united because to me it is only through unity of purpose that the party will realise its objective and its goals,” Nambinga said.
He urged party members to move as a united force and make RDP a strong party that will give the future generation hope.
The RDP leader said the party will focus on growth, deepen democracy and ensure that the youth and women are given hope for a better future.
Nambinga said he will not lead the party single-handedly but will lead it as a team to guarantee cohesion and discipline within it.
“The RDP leadership will never be the same again. It will be vibrant and attractive to all in all four corners of Namibia,” he said.
He added that the five party members who were also running for the position of president, will serve as his political advisers.
The five candidates are Peter Naholo, Libolly Haufiku, Heiko Lucks, Kandy Nehova and Christiaan Nguherimo.
He noted that the party has been hard hit by lack of transport and finances, and thus made a pledge to donate two vehicles to enable RDP cadres to criss-cross the country and mobilise and rally the masses behind the party.
Nambinga won with 201 votes, with his closest competitor, Nehova, getting 198 votes.
He replaced founding president Hidipo Hamutenya, who retired after leading the party for 10 years.
Nambinga was the party's Secretary for Information and Publicity before his new position.
The party’s vice-president Steve Bezuidenhoudt said at the same occasion that the Central Committee meeting will decide whether the new president will go to parliament or not.
No date has been set yet for the Central Committee meeting.