04 Aug 2013 07:30
OKAKARARA, 04 AUG (NAMPA) Hundreds of DTA of Namibia central committee members on Saturday gathered at Okakarara to declare their votes for Katuutire Kaura as their party president.
The DTA will hold its elective congress on 07 September this year in Windhoek, where the partys central committee members from all 13 regions will vote for their party president who will later contest with other political party candidates in the 2014 Presidential election.
The two DTA candidates for the presidency are current party president Kaura and incumbent DTA Secretary-General McHenry Venaani.
Kaura, 72, has been at the helm of the DTA since 1998.
Venaani, 36, launched his presidency campaign at Opuwo in the Kunene Region last weekend, while Kaura launched his on Saturday afternoon in Okakarara in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Kaura was supported in his bid by hundreds of DTA central committee members from Caprivi, Kavango, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, Otjozondjupa, Omaheke, Karas, Erongo and Hardap regions.
The DTA chairperson in the Caprivi Region, Daniel Sitali spoke on behalf of other central committee members who were present here.
He said only Kaura can match the political maturity and abilities to challenge other political party candidates like the Swapo-Party vice-president, Dr Hage Geingob, who is expected to also contest the 2014 Presidential elections.
Sitali said in the Caprivi Region, Kaura will remain president of the DTA and no one will change their minds.
We will see to it that we put him (Kaura) back in his position as DTA president come 07 September this year in Windhoek, said Sitali.
He was joined by DTA vice-president Philemon Moongo, who said Kaura is a talented man, whose reputation is recognised in all ethnic groups in the country.
He is a highly educated man, politically recognised at national and international levels. I salute you Honourable Kaura, said Moongo.
Moongo urged the DTA members to stop referring to the old supporters of DTA as old guards, because this is an insult to him and other freedom fighters in the party, adding that this will chase away elders of the party.
After Moongos speech, the Kaso Oviritjie Music Band played a track that praises Kaura, and literally called Kaura to the podium to address the meeting.
Kaura spoke for less than 20 minutes, during which he openly challenged Geingob in the race for the countrys presidency.
I am ready to face Hage Geingob next year. He knows me very well from childhood, I dont play, said Kaura.
He later accused the Swapo-led government of having failed the nation in many ways.
The Swapo-Party led Government is not serious, look at how it is handling the drought situation in the north - 28 people have died out of malnutrition related diseases and 358 more treated in the Eengela State Hospital for similar symptoms, charged Kaura.
He said hundreds of people in the rural Ohangwena Region are forced to dig water wells because the water utility company (NamWater) had shut their water taps during this scorching drought.
Now you see the disaster of this Swapo-Party led government, let us get rid of it next year in the elections, Kaura stated.