RDP vs defected candidate

27 Nov 2015 09:50am
ONGWEDIVA, 27 NOV (NAMPA) – The former candidate of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) for the Ruacana Regional Council Election, Abner Uunona says he will not refund the money that the party paid to register his candidacy.
Uunona surprised the leadership of the RDP in the Omusati Region when he joined the Swapo party at its Regional Council and Local Authority Elections campaign rally held at Ruacana’s Oshifo suburb last Sunday.
He joined Swapo after the RDP already paid N.dollars 2 500 for his registration as a candidate, N.dollars 7 000 for his election campaign and transport money of N.dollars 1 500.
Spokesperson of the RDP in the region, Joshua Nghishiikoh told Nampa on Thursday he has already approached Uunona and asked him to refund all the money.
“We will take him to court if he refuses to pay back our money for breaching a contract with us by joining another party at the last minute,” Nghishiikoh explained, adding that it would have been more acceptable if Uunona resigned after the elections.
“I am not going to refund the money, because the N.dollars 7 000 was used not only by me. My campaign party colleagues, who are still with the RDP, and I used that money together during our election campaigns,” Uunona claimed in a telephonic interview with this agency on Thursday.
Regarding the registration money and transport money, Uunona said the RDP owes him N.dollars 10 000 for his participation as the party’s candidate at the Elim Constituency also in the Omusati Region during the last Regional Council Election.
“They (RDP leadership) mistreated me by promising me N.dollars 10 000 if I become their candidate at the Elim Constituency, but I received nothing up to now,” he charged.
Uunona remains gazetted as the RDP candidate for the Ruacana Constituency, because he defected after the ballot papers were printed.