PDM Ondangwa councillor hosts year-end function

10 Dec 2017 11:00am
ONDANGWA, 10 DEC (NAMPA) – Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) councillor in the Ondangwa Town Council, Johannes ‘Whiteman’ Martin hosted a year-end function for members of his party here on Saturday.
He provided the meals for those attending the function held at Ondangwa’s Omashaka informal settlement.
Speaking to Nampa in an interview on the sidelines of the function, Martin said he has been hosting the annual gathering for Ondangwa party members since he became a councillor in 2015.
“This coming together is my own initiative and I use my personal resources to host it,” Martin explained, adding that the event is a platform for him to consult and update PDM members on the party’s achievements and new developments.
He said he could not talk to his electorate only during election campaign meetings “as most politicians do”.
Martin, who is the only Ondangwa town councillor not from the ruling Swapo Party, said his function is hosted on a rotation basis in the Ondangwa suburbs and the first two were held at Shinime and Oluno in 2015 and 2016.
According to him, the trend of a number of residents approaching him to take up their demands for certain municipal services, demonstrate that the PDM presence in the Ondangwa TC is recognised.
The PDM politician also believes members of the party at Ondangwa have welcomed the renaming of the PDM from the DTA of Namibia as so many of them have approached him demanding T-shirts or caps with the new logo.
“Nothing is wrong with the party rebranding, because it is in line with the changes the world is going through every day,” secretary general of the PDM Youth League, Bensen Katjirijova said at the same event.
He referred to the renaming of the Organisation of the African Union (OAU) to the African Union (AU) and the Polytechnic of Namibia to the Namibia University of Science and Technology as examples.
Katjirijova, who was the guest speaker of the event, said the name changes come with the demands of circumstances.
The social event was attended by some 50 PDM members and supporters from within Ondangwa and elsewhere.