12 Aug 2018 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 AUG (NAMPA) The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) will hold its elective convention in December to choose a new leadership, the partys highest decision-making body, the central committee (CC) has resolved.
This was revealed by RDPs secretary-general (SG), Mike Kavekotora in an interview with Nampa recently where he spoke about internal disputes and challenges facing the party.
He said there is an urgency for the party to hold the congress towards the end of 2018, as the term of the current leadership ends in November.
That was a matter of urgency. We should have a convention this year, otherwise we will have a constitution crisis in the party, he said.
The CC authorised the partys executive body to put in place a framework to ensure that branches are in place, regional conferences take place and delegates to the congress are vetted.
This process is to ensure the internal election is transparent, free, fair and credible, Kavekotora said. Presiding officers are also expected to be appointed later this year.
Interestingly, some members of the 21-member CC were not party to the meeting that gave birth to the resolution of holding the convention.
However, Kavekotora maintains that at least 15 members attended, which was enough to reach a quorum and make decisions for the party.
He said some of the absentees also provided valid reasons why they could not be present.
The SG added that there was nothing personal between him and those not attending CC meetings.
We are running an institution whose mandate, vision and mission are way beyond our individual differences. Even when I took the position of SG, I didnt take it because of whom I like and dont like, he said.
Kavekotora further said the RDPs leadership is sober and aware of the challenges they face.
There is a high political will from those who dont want the party to go down, he said.
Since its formation in 2007, RDP has seen two presidents lead it, first the partys founder, late Hidipo Hamutenya, who resigned, followed by Jeremiah Nambinga, who also stepped down on Thursday.