DTA to stand without affiliates

29 Nov 2013 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 28 NOV (NAMPA) - The DTA of Namibia is gearing towards becoming a single entity without affiliates.
DTA president McHenry Venaani said it is important for his party to remain relevant on the Namibian political landscape, thus a number of amendments to the party’s Constitution were proposed and accepted in principle.
Chief among these is moving the party to centralise it to become a single entity without affiliates, he said during a media conference held here on Thursday on the outcome of the DTA of Namibia Policy Congress, which took place in Walvis Bay last weekend.
The DTA was formed in November 1977 as a result of the Turnhalle Constitutional Conference held in Windhoek between 1975 and 1977.
The following parties participated at the Turnhalle Constitutional Conference and subsequently formed the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance: South West African Labour Party, Bushman Alliance (BA), Caprivi delegation, Namibia Democratic Turnhalle Party (NDTP), National Democratic Party (NDP), and the National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo).
Other parties are Rehoboth DTA Party (RDTAP), formerly the Rehoboth Baster Association; Republican Party (RP); Tswana Alliance, later Seoposengwe Party; South West Africa People's Democratic United Front (SWAP-DUF); National Democratic Unity Party (NDUP); and the Christian Democrat Union (CDU).
Nudo and the Republican Party have since left the alliance.
According to the DTA leader, it took skillful approaches and negotiations with close to 10 affiliates that the party must transform itself, as it can no longer be a party of affiliates.
Venaani said these initiatives form part of the DTA’s transformation and renewal of its political agenda, as the party aims to make itself more attractive to Namibians and to offer a political home to the many undecided and unregistered voters.
The recently reviewed and approved key policies will also form the basis of its 2014 National and Presidential election campaigns.
Thus, the DTA leader said, all affiliates must cease to exist for the DTA to become a single entity, adding that the decision taken is a progressive one in order to consolidate the party.
Meanwhile, Venaani pointed out that his party’s political agenda is geared towards addressing the plight of Namibians who are trapped in the cycle of poverty and unemployment, therefore the policies which were adopted speak directly to this.
“The DTA will drive its 2014 election campaign on five key areas namely health, housing, education, poverty reduction, and employment creation,” he highlighted.
He further indicated that as part of its poverty reduction policy, the DTA will introduce a Basic Income Grant as well as a national minimum wage for Namibia.
“We are the very first party to call upon a minimum wage for Namibia. We firmly believe that we can not push back the frontiers of poverty in our republic if we do not come up with a minimum wage,” he said.
Currently, Venaani said, there are minimum wages in the agricultural sector, domestic and security sectors, which according to him will not work.
Such an agreement should be done as a country in principle, he noted, adding that countries such as Kenya under the leadership of Uhuru Kenyatta have introduced a national minimum wage.
The DTA leader then stressed that it is high time Namibia moves in the same direction.
Meanwhile, the amendments to the party’s constitution will be ratified at a DTA Central Committee meeting scheduled for 2014.