WINDHOEK, 10 NOV (NAMPA) - Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) president Hidipo Hamutenya has retained his position as president of the party. Hamutenya on Saturday received a hero?s welcome when he made his entrance at the convention held at the Ramatex complex in the capital. His re-election was confirmed in the early hours of Sunday morning, when he received 230 votes from the nearly 500 delegates attending the convention. The position was also contested by Central Committee member Kandy Nehova, who received 148 votes, and secretary for information and mobilisation Jeremiah Nambinga, who only garnered 58 votes. Spoiled ballots numbered 17. Steve Bezuidenhout retained his position as Vice-President of the party with 198 votes, whilst one of his challengers, Member of Parliament (MP) Anton von Wietersheim, received only 81 votes. Tartius Gaeseb, who also contested the position, received 68 votes. The Secretary-General (SG) portfolio went to Mike Kavekotora, who managed to get 134 votes to take over a position that was previously held by MP Jesaya Nyamu. Nyamu recently announced that he will not run for any of the top positions of the party and that he is ceasing active politics. Peter Naholo opted to compete for the SG position after he withdrew from the presidential race a few weeks ago, but ended in second place with only 113 votes, followed by Ndapewa Nghipandula with 81 votes. An interesting category was the Deputy SG portfolio, which was contested by only female party members. MP Agnes Limbo however retained her position as Deputy SG with 156 votes, beating competitor Elizabeth Kambinda with 97 votes. Brunhilde Cornelius only garnered 27 votes. Meanwhile, the party?s second National Convention was characterised by chaos and confusion after the reconciliation of delegates was not properly administered in about three regions, namely the Otjozondjupa, Omaheke and Zambezi Regions. Nampa was informed by a source that people were apparently being replaced with delegates who are not allowed to vote. Regional Secretary from the Zambezi Region Sabuta Lister on Sunday morning also confirmed that people who were not on the list of delegates from his region were sneaked in, which he said almost caused a misunderstanding at the convention. He explained that the problem was however solved when they handed over the names of the delegates who appeared on the list to the police, who were called for reinforcement. Seven of the people who were questioned could not explain to the police why they were engaging themselves in the elections while their names did not appear on the list.
Photo - Namibian Sun