Venaani wants to bestow honorary chairmanship on Kaura

08 Sep 2013 07:50
WINDHOEK, 08 SEP (NAMPA) – Newly elected DTA of Namibia president McHenry Venaani says it is his wish that former party president Katuutire Kaura should receive honorary chairmanship of the party for life.
He made the statement during his acceptance speech after being elected president of the party at its elective congress in the capital on Saturday.
“It is my wish as your new leader to ask this Central Committee to declare Katuutire Kaura honorary chairman of this party now and forever,” an emotional Venaani said.
The youthful president, who also celebrated his birthday on Sunday, said he remembers the many missions he had to undertake on Kaura’s behalf at international forums.
He said that is when he knew the party veteran was sending him on such missions in order to “sharpen” him.
“You might not have sharpened me the way you wanted, but I think your mentorship, leadership and consistent advice made me who I am today,” Venaani stated, adding that he is honoured to serve in the position after Kaura.
He then promised Kaura, who had been at the helm of the party for 15 years, that he will remain a “special leader” of the DTA.
The newly-elected party leader then told another long-serving member of the party, Phillemon Moongo that he will also remain indebted to him for the experience he has gained from him.
He went on to say as an experienced youth leader he only had one thing to say to other young party members - that a party without discipline and respect for elders will not be successful.
“I want to ensure our elders present here that we are going to work together. I am not going to be a leader who is not going to consult you as I am aware of the mileage you have done in this organisation before me,” he promised.
He then urged his fellow members to go home with the hope that they are going to revive the DTA, and called on them to remain resolute in their action to ensure that they make the party’s machinery effective.
He further indicated that the ruling Swapo-Party wants to take over in the Kunene Region, and if they do not work hard strategically to keep the region, they could lose it.
“To all the other political parties in the country, they should now know that the DTA is the epitome of democracy. Let’s continue to grow democracy in our party,” he said.
On his part, outgoing party president Kaura said he is grateful for the confidence the DTA members had in him for the past 15 years. He congratulated Venaani, saying he is “definitely capable” of leading the party.
“I will continue to be a good voter, that I can assure you. I will also continue to campaign for this party,” Kaura indicated whilst delivering his outgoing speech.
Some 140 delegates from the DTA of Namibia´s Central Committee gathered in Katutura on Saturday for the party’s elective congress.