Nudo lawsuit sees second delay

08 Aug 2018 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 08 AUG (NAMPA) – The hearing of an urgent application in which Nudo Secretary-General Meundjuu Jahanika is challenging the legitimacy of Ester Muinjangue and her faction as leaders of the party, has been delayed for a second time.
Initially, the hearing was scheduled to start before High Court Deputy Judge President Hosea Angula on 01 August this year, but could not proceed because lawyers representing Muinjangue and her faction were unable to file their clients’ answering papers before the Registrar of the High Court on time.
The hearing was then postponed to 08 August 2018 to allow the legal representatives to file their answering papers.
However, the hearing once again could not go ahead on Wednesday because the Muinjangue faction approached Judge Angula in his chambers last Friday, asking for a postponement until 21 August to be allowed more time to properly consult other people in connection with the legal battle.
The case is now finally set down for a hearing on 21 August as per an agreement reached by the two factions on the same day.
The application in question emanates from Muinjangue’s disputed actions when she declared herself the winner after a heavily contested congress held on 26 May 2018.
In the matter, Jahanika along with Asser Mbai (current Nudo party president); Hariki Maundu; Vetaruhe Kandorozu (presidential aspirant) and Eunice Kaijere (applicant) want the congress to be declared null and void and devoid of any consequences for want of compliance with the party’s constitution.
The group also wants any other purported outcomes that may have arisen as a consequence of the congress to be declared null and void.
Furthermore, they are seeking a court order to restrain and ban Muinjangue and her faction from conducting themselves as office bearers in terms of the Nudo constitution or otherwise on account of the purported 26 May elections.
The group wants Muinjangue and her group to stay away from the party’s head office in Clemence Kapuuo Street in Katutura, as well as to vacate and restore to them possession and control of Nudo’s boardroom.
The respondents in the legal wrangle are Muinjangue; Peter Kazongominja; Kapukatua Kuvare; Joseph Kauandenge; Joseph Uapingene; Fanuel Haukambe; Nokokure Veii; Daniel Maekopo; Uahimisa Kaapehi; Vincent Kahua; Kavendjii Tjahuha; Vetondisa Tjijenda and Ruth Kanguatjivi.