Venaani to meet Angela Merkel in Berlin

06 Dec 2016 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 06 DEC (NAMPA) – DTA of Namibia president, McHenry Venaani will travel to Germany where he is expected to meet with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel in Berlin.
DTA Secretary for International Relations, Vipuakuje Muharukua made the announcement at a media conference on Tuesday.
“This will be a very important meeting and the pinnacle of the leader’s trip to Germany,” Muharukua said.
Venaani, who leaves for Germany on Friday, will start his journey in Munich where he will meet the Bavarian Prime Minister and leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU), Horst Seehofer, to discuss matters of cooperation in democracy, vocational training and agricultural modernisation. He will also forge discussions on the Namibia-German relationship.
The CSU is a democratic and conservative party that mainly operates in Bavaria and is the sister party of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) that is headed by Chancellor Merkel.
The DTA leader will also meet with Christian Kattner, Secretary-General of the International Democrat Union (IDU), to discuss, amongst other issues, the development of an organisation and initiation of the DTA to become a full member of the IDU.
“Currently the DTA is an associate member of the IDU,” Muharukua noted.
The IDU is a working association of over 80 conservative, Christian-democrat and like-minded political parties.
It provides a forum for member parties to exchange policy ideas and assist each other to win political arguments and elections.
“The outcome that the DTA would want from any of our engagements (in Germany) is the enhancement of the Namibian democracy, and it can only do so if the opposition becomes stronger,” he stated.
Venaani is also expected to deliver a lecture on ‘African Renewal & the Reparation: Case of Namibians’, before returning home on 15 December 2016.