DTA holds first extra-ordinary congress

04 Nov 2017 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 04 NOV (NAMPA) – The first extra-ordinary congress of the DTA of Namibia took place in the capital Saturday.
The aim of the one-day congress was to discuss and take a decision on the rebranding, name change and the constitutional amendments of that party.
Officially opening the congress, party president McHenry Venaani explained that the transformation agenda started on 08 September 2013 when he was elected as head of the DTA.
He said the transformation is a promise he made to transform the organisation into a modern, dynamic political party that can unify Namibians from all walks of life around the need to pave a common Namibian future.
In November 2014, the party celebrated change as it returned to the seat of the official opposition, a success which followed further gains in the Local Authority elections the following year, Venaani said.
“The transformation agenda did not stop there. In September 2015, we held elective congresses for the youth league and women’s league,” he said.
On 02 July 2016, a new organisational structure, which reconfigured the party into one single entity, was adopted.
In the same constitution, congress was given the power to directly elect the top six members of the party, while moving away from a delegate-based central committee to one with permanent members, he noted.
Venaani said as part of the transformation agenda, in October 2016, the central committee took to Oshakati to debate rebranding.
“We did this not as a theoretical far flung idea, but as a very real and practical step the party would take, and considered a number of new names.”
The new name, amended logo and constitution will be launched later on Saturday.