There was no animosity between us: Hamutenya

13 Nov 2013 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 NOV (NAMPA) –Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) president Hidipo Hamutenya has rubbished allegations that there was animosity between the three presidential candidates prior to the party’s electoral convention last weekend.
He stood for re-election as president against Kandy Nehova and Jeremia Nambinga.
Hamutenya garnered 230 votes from the nearly 500 delegates who attended the convention, while Nehova received 148 votes and Nambinga 58 votes.
“Never at any given time was there any animosity between the three of us,” he said during a media conference held at his house here on Tuesday.
The RDP president, who was flanked by Nehova at the high table, said they went into the election - all three of them - in a confident and buoyant mood, and emerged with the same mood.
Nambinga was not present at the media briefing due to other commitments.
Hamutenya continued that there was intense media scrutiny of the RDP in recent months, with speculation going into overdrive.
“It is our sincere hope that after this briefing, the ghost will be laid to rest, and the media can now focus on the RDP's campaign strategy for the 2014 general elections,” he noted.
He then described the RDP’s electoral convention as successful.
“The convention took place at Ramatex’s empty factories which were meant to provide employment opportunities to unemployed young Namibians.
The preparatory committee deliberately selected Ramatex - one of my success stories in the employment-creation drive in this country,” boasted Hamutenya.