RDP bigwigs rejoin Swapo and it worries Nyamu, PM to sort out Polytech

November 11, 2015, 9:33am

RDP bigwigs rejoin Swapo

Article and photo by New Era

The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) that suffered a major setback in August, when its founder Hidipo Hamutenya rejoined Swapo, was dealt another debilitating blow yesterday when four of its heavyweights followed Hamutenya back to Swapo.

At the highly anticipated press conference at Swapo Party headquarters former director of elections Phillemon Kanime, Magnus Nangombe, Ambassador Shapwa Kaukungua and Reverend Festus Naholo rejoined Swapo.

Those who rejoined Swapo – where they first cut their political teeth – said they previously left the ruling party because of political misundertandings and despotic tendencies. Although, there was widespread speculation that the founder of the Congress of Democrats (CoD), Ben Ulenga, would also rejoin Swapo, he didn’t turn up.

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RDP defections worry Nyamu

By Luqman Cloete, Article the Namibian. Photo: the Namibian

AS Swapo paraded four founding members of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) who have rejoined the ruling party, the man whose secret notes led to the formation of RDP, Jesaya Nyamu, have expressed concern about where the move will lead to.

Nyamu, who was expelled from Swapo after secret notes were found in his ministerial office in 2004, said the defection back to Swapo of Festus Naholo, Filemon Kanime, Shapwa Kaukungwa, and Magnus Nangombe was of national concern.

Nyamu's notes, expressing thoughts about the possibility of forming another political party, were found in his office in 2004.

The notes, written on four small pieces of paper, lay out two options, for supporters of former foreign affairs minister Hidipo Hamutenya, who was dismissed by former President Sam Nujoma in the heat of the 2004 presidential race.Yesterday, Nyamu said the move by the four leaders as well as RDP founder Hamutenya will have a far-reaching impact.

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FlyAfrica blames 'external forces'

By Chamwe Kaira, the Namibian. Photo: the Namibian

Budget airline FlyAfrica Namibia, whose operations were halted this week by the civil aviation regulator, say 'external forces' are to blame for the situation the company has found itself in.

CEO Clifford Strydom said the company would 'bounce back.'

Without mentioning names, he seemed to suggest that the low-cost carrier was being elbowed out of the Namibian market.

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Banking sector liquidity decreases by N$200m

By Charmaine Ngatjiheue, the Villager Newspaper

The Namibian banking sector’s liquidity levels decreased by N$200 million from N$3.2 billion to N$3 billion in the current period, the Bank of Namibia (BoN) said.

BoN said the effects of increasing the supply of credit to finance household and government borrowings has benefitted from domestic financing, and has thus reduced excess liquidity in the local financial markets over time. There is to some extent less liquid assets available to support increased borrowing activity.

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Geingob orders PM to sort out Polytech

By Shinovene Immanuel, the Namibian. Photo: The Namibian

President Hage Geingob has instructed Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila to sort out the problems afflicting the leadership of the Polytechnic of Namibia Council.

The President expects a report from the PM within the next two weeks, presidential press secretary Albertus Aochamub confirmed to The Namibian on Monday. He said Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has been tasked to hear the grievances of council members.

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