Nujoma questions DTA’s rebranding

21 Feb 2018 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 21 FEB (NAMPA) – Land Reform Minister, Utoni Nujoma on Wednesday questioned the reasons behind Popular Democratic Movement (PDM)’s name-change from the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA), saying the official opposition will remain with its “garbage”.
In the National Assembly (NA), Nujoma rose to ask why PDM had changed its name.
“The DTA of Namibia will remain the DTA of Namibia. South West Democratic Turnhalle Alliance with all [the] garbage of colonialism, oppression, destruction of life and property,” he said.
“I want to know really what has prompted the change in this name to the so called ‘PDM’,” a bullish Nujoma added.
Nujoma’s rant was met by chants of “reshuffle” from members of the opposition as the mood swiftly turned from cheerful to unsettling, particularly for PDM members.
Responding to Nujoma, PDM parliamentarian, Elma Dienda, said all the people who belonged to the DTA had left.
“Son of the nation [Nujoma], all the people who belonged to the DTA have joined Swapo. So we thought that it is not necessary for us who are newcomers in the DTA to stick with that garbage that you are talking about,” vented Dienda.
“We said, let’s take this name [PDM] because we were not part and parcel of the comrades that joined Swapo, who started the South West African Peoples Organisation and OPO and remain there [in Swapo] with their garbage,” she shouted at Nujoma, before National Assembly Speaker, Peter Katjavivi interjected.
The altercation between the two members of parliament (MPs) was sparked by the announcement of PDM’s lawmaker, Jennifer van den Heever that the official opposition should now be addressed as the “Popular Democratic Movement”.
In November last year, the DTA of Namibia rebranded and was renamed the PDM when it celebrated its 40th anniversary.
At the time, its president, McHenry Venaani, described PDM as a culmination of a greater transformation project.
The transformation was needed not only in the party, but for the industrialisation of Namibia to push back the frontiers of poverty, he said then.
The party registered under its new name with the Electoral Commission of Namibia early this year.