Kaura and Moongo to remain in Parliament

10 Sep 2013 10:50
WINDHOEK, 10 SEP (NAMPA) - Former DTA of Namibia president Katuutire Kaura and Phillemon Moongo, who served as the party’s vice-president, will continue to represent the DTA in Parliament.
The party currently holds two seats in the National Assembly, with Kaura representing the DTA as party leader and Moongo representing it as chief whip.
Making this announcement at a media conference in the capital on Tuesday, newly-elected party president McHenry Venaani said they will continue to serve in these positions, adding that he wanted to put speculation to rest that the two would be recalled.
Venaani was on Saturday elected as the new president of the party during the DTA’s elective congress, defeating Kaura who held the position for 15 years. Moongo was replaced by Kazehongere Tjeundu.
“These two eminent colleagues have the party’s collective and unequivocal support to continue serving our great organisation in the National Assembly,” Venaani noted.
He went on to say this is “not the first time in the history of political parties” that such a situation exists, as the same situation plays itself out in countries such as South Africa.
Mentioning Helen Zille, the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in South Africa, Venaani said she too does not sit in Parliament, and the DA is in fact represented by the 31-year-old Lindiwe Mazibuko.
“All matters regarding parliamentary affairs and senior invitations will continue to remain Kaura’s responsibility. The party has unanimously resolved that they have the confidence of the party and mine as leaders I have worked under,” the DTA president said.
He further indicated that the two veterans will represent the party for as long as they can and can even contest future elections if they so wish as it is their democratic right to do so.
This, he said, will also give him ample time as leader of the party to focus on the needed reforms he intends to undertake.
“This will also give me more time to build on the party in order to take to the upcoming national elections,” the newly elected leader stressed.
Meanwhile, Venaani also informed the media conference that the party’s new leadership intends to travel the length and breadth of the country to introduce themselves and to seek people power to ensure successful election outcomes in the 2014 national elections.
The party further intends to hold its policy conference “in due course” to sharpen its policy outlook and focus on contemporary issues which challenge the country.
“Various consultations are currently underway with developmental stakeholders to broadly inform the outcome of our conference,” Venaani said.