14 Nov 2017 19:00pm
By Tjizumaue Undari
WINDHOEK, 14 NOV (NAMPA) The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) on Tuesday reacted to Katuutire Kaura, its former president, joining the Swapo party, saying they do not need him anymore.
In an interview with Nampa on Tuesday, PDM vice president Kazeongere Tjeundo said Kaura's move did not come as a shock to the party as Kaura did not advise or contribute anything to the party after losing the presidency to current and youthful party president, McHenry Venaani in 2013.
Tjeundo said Kaura was against Swapo all these years, blocking the corruption that he will now be joining.
Although we supported him during the time he was our party president, Kaura should go. We dont need him anymore, said Tjeundo.
PDM general secretary, Immanuel Ngaringombe echoed the sentiments on Tuesday, telling this agency that Namibia is a democratic country and all people have freedom of expression, wishing Kaura all the best.
Ngaringombe added that this is not a surprise or shock to PDM members as they all know that since Kaura lost the party presidency, he became dormant in the party and was unwilling to serve under the current leadership.
He said Kaura had worn the Swapo Party flag ever since he was recruited as a special advisor to the late Governor of Kunene, Angelika Muharukua.
Furthermore, Ngaringombe claimed that in the 2014 election, Kaura predicted that DTA would not get any seats in Parliament, but they proved him wrong and managed to get five seats without him, after working hard with their voters.
He even rejected the position as Party Management Chairperson and we tried to consult him in different ways, but he was ignoring the party management, said Ngaringombe.
He noted that PDM is busy moving, mobilising and recruiting new members, stating it will address challenges in Namibia such as land, the quality of tertiary education, the lack of vocational training, poverty, health and corruption.
Ngaringombe further promised that in the 2019 National Elections, PDM, without Kaura, will break the two-third majority and will be the first party to reduce corruption in Namibia.