DTA to assimilate affiliated parties

02 Jul 2016 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 02 JUL (NAMPA) – The DTA of Namibia plans dissolving affiliated parties in order to become a fully-fledged party that stands on its own.
This will be part of changes expected to be made during its central committee meeting underway in the capital.
Affiliated parties include the National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo), Republican Party, Boesman Alliance and the Rehoboth Baster Vereniging (Association).
The central committee meeting will also elect the party’s secretary-general (SG), vice-SG, and 40 members to its executive committee.
Officially opening the meeting Saturday morning, DTA President McHenry Venaani said the party will amend its constitution established in the 1970s.
He explained some changes that would be made within the constitution include a decrease in the number of central committee members from the current 180 to 76 and to increase the number of congress delegates from 200 to 500 so that more people can participate at congress level.
Other changes include the introduction of a political term limiting the president to run the party for 20 years. There is currently no set term for presidents.
“We should inculcate the culture of transformation to give from one leader to another.”
Venaani further said his party proposed to change the current Chief Council to a fully fledged Elders’ Council so that every member who turns 50 years will be able to sit as an elder and advise the party on issues that are challenging elders in society. The Chief Council currently only consists of traditional chiefs.
The DTA will also introduce a system of financial accountability, whereby members will contribute a monthly membership fee of N.dollars 10, while its Members of Parliament, as well as local authority and regional councillors will contribute the membership fee plus two per cent of their salaries.
“This is for members to hold the party and its leaders accountable and to grow the party,” he said.