01 Feb 2016 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 01 FEB (NAMPA) Veteran politician and former deputy minister, Reggie Diergaardt has been appointed as DTA of Namibia Director of Operations.
The appointment was made possible by a resolution taken at the DTA management committee meeting held on Friday last week.
DTA Chairperson Jennifer van den Heever also confirmed the appointment in a media statement issued on Monday.
She said the official opposition party's leader, McHenry Venaani's programme has become extremely busy and increasingly challenging to adequately attend to all important party matters and parliamentary obligations, and thus saw the need to appoint Diergaardt.
Venaani will in the meantime be based in the northern regions where the DTA of Namibia is expected to move its head office by the end of March 2016.
The party's headquarters will be based in Oshakati.
The move was a strategic decision taken by their management committee in order to mobilise more support for the party.
The DTA is targeting the Oshana, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Omusati and Kavango West regions to ensure that no constituency is uncontested in the next elections.
The ruling Swapo party was uncontested in 25 constituencies during the Regional Council and Local Authority elections held on 27 November 2015.
Diergaardt has been involved in politics for the past 35 years.
Last year, he jumped ship from the Swapo-party where he has been a member for 15 years and joined the DTA.
He was leader of the Labour Party in the late 1980s and a founding member of the United Democratic Front (UDF). The veteran politician was a member of the Constituent Assembly, and represented the UDF in the National Assembly (NA) from 1990 to 1995.
Diergaardt also served as Deputy Minister of Sport from 1990 to 1995.
He left politics to pursue business interests and returned in 2005 when he joined the Swapo Party and was appointed as the sixth nominee to the NA by former President Hifikepunye Pohamba.