DTA accuses LPM of being a political party

12 Oct 2017 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 12 OCT (NAMPA) – DTA of Namibia has called on its members to refrain from attending meetings by the Landless People’s Movement (LPM), claiming that it is a political party disguised as a social movement.
The party’s Secretary General, Immanuel Ngaringombe said in a statement issued to the media on Thursday, the LPM was using the emotive land issue to access and mobilise support for a political organisation.
Ngaringombe said the DTA would not remain silent while its members and supporters are being confused with matters of national importance such as the land issue by those with secondary motives.
“Namibian voters should no longer be fooled by politicians who start political parties based on anger and frustration with no clear ideological blueprint or identity,” he said.
Ngaringombe added that politicians should not only attempt to be self-serving but rather actively study the market share of voters and not further fragment an already fragmented political fraternity.
Instead, political parties should look towards the formation of a broad-based coalition that can successfully articulate and represent the interests of Namibians, he said.
He also noted that former members of the ruling Swapo party who have formed alternative parties in anger have proven to be a failure in the past.
“The party calls on its members to remain unshaken and resolute in believing in the ideals of unity and nationhood and we shun tribal politics in all its manifestos, as it divides society,” Ngaringombe.