Hubschle leaves RDP, rejoins Swapo

09 Oct 2017 18:10pm
RUNDU, 09 OCT (NAMPA) – Former Rally for Democracy (RDP) Secretary for International Relations, Michaela Hubschle rejoined the ruling Swapo party on Monday.
Hubschle was received by Swapo Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba at the party’s head office in Windhoek.
She resigned from the RDP last week.
Sources close to this matter told Nampa that Hubschle, in her resignation letter submitted to RDP Director of Administration Asser Sheuyange, said she will still be critical to the party.
A statement issued by Hubschle on Monday said there are times in life when “one has to swallow your pride and do what is right”.
“10 years ago, Hidipo Hamutenya, Jesaya Nyamu, I and others decided to leave the South West African People’s Organisation (Swapo) due to what we perceived as undemocratic practices in the party,” she said.
Their vision then, Hubschle added, was to have a strong alternative to the ruling party for the sake of democracy in Namibia - therefore the RDP was established.
“We had dreams, we realised some of them, others not. But more importantly under the leadership of President Hage Geingob our party, Swapo, was returned to its former glory,” Hubschle said, adding that there is no longer any reason for them to remain outside their “political home”.
The former RDP member said her legacy is in Swapo and it is where she “cut her political teeth” and make her unstinted contribution.
“Having been a dedicated member of the Swapo family for several decades, I am still feeling too passionate to quit politics for good; coming home is only the right thing for me to do,’ she said.
As a Swapo member, Hubschle was one of the members of the Constituent Assembly and served in the National Assembly as well as Deputy Minister of Prisons and Correctional Services from 1990 to 2000.