DTA northern leaders vs Uncle Mbwila

22 Oct 2015 14:30pm
OSHAKATI, 21 OCT (NAMPA) – The northern leadership of the DTA of Namibia is accusing the party’s former coordinator in the Oshana Region, Lazarus ‘Uncle Mbwila’ Petrus, of instigating party members at Ondangwa to resign.
DTA leaders in the north - Linus Tobias (Oshana), Hidipo Hamata (Ohangwena), Immanuel Shikongo (Omusati), Higinus Daniel (Oshana regional secretary) and Agatus Antanga (national secretary for mobilisation) - made the accusations.
Speaking to Nampa at Oshakati on Monday, the five leaders claim that Petrus is paying vulnerable DTA members to resign in order to join his newly-formed political organisation.
This new party is allegedly known as ‘People’s Freedom Party’ and is yet to be registered as a political party in Namibia.
Petrus resigned as coordinator of the DTA in the Oshana Region earlier this year, citing serious differences between him and senior DTA leaders.
According to Petrus, the DTA leadership’s refusal to remunerate party members, who served as agents at polling stations in the Oshana Region during the last Presidential and National Assembly Elections, is another reason for his resignation.
A group of 12 DTA members who were party agents at polling stations in the region during the said elections, resigned from the DTA on Thursday last week.
The same group discarded their DTA membership cards in front of Petrus’s house near Ondangwa.
The members could not confirm whether they will join another political organisation now that they have abandoned the official opposition party.
Petrus told journalists earlier that he paid the disgruntled members on behalf of the DTA for them to stop troubling him with their demands for payment.
“He (Petrus) has no right to pay on behalf of the DTA, especially since he is no longer a party coordinator; unless he is buying votes for his new party,” Daniel argued.
The DTA’s northern leaders denied that DTA polling station agents were supposed to be paid at the end of the elections.
“The party’s current financial position is not good to ensure remuneration for each of our involvement in political activities. Therefore, Uncle Mbwila’s claims are fabrications and political manoeuvre,” the five leaders noted, adding that the DTA managed to pay its agents money for lunch only.
Approached for comment, Petrus confirmed that he resigned only as DTA coordinator in the Oshana Region and is still a member of the party.
“I paid N.dollars 300 to each of the polling station agents in question only to keep healthy relationships between them and I, because I am the one who recruited them,” Petrus replied.
He also denied knowledge of the formation of the so-called ‘People’s Freedom Party’.
“I can resign from the DTA immediately if they force me to do so,” Petrus concluded.