Nudo sets sights on increasing seats in Parliament

28 Jan 2019 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JAN (NAMPA) – The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) said its primary objective ahead of this year’s general election is to increase its seats in Parliament and not to take over Government.
This was said by the party’s incumbent president, Asser Mbai, when he responded to questions by this news agency recently.
He made it clear that governing the country is not their immediate goal.
“I am convinced that we will increase our seats in Parliament. From where we are coming from, the disputes and controversies that we had…we have to be realistic and focus now on increasing our seats only,” the politician said.
Agreeing with Mbai was Utjiua Miunjangue, a contender for the Nudo presidency at its upcoming extraordinary congress in March.
Muinjangue also emphasised the importance of being realistic when setting out objectives.
“You have immediate, medium-term and long-term goals. You cannot be unrealistic and say from the currency that I have, I want to come and take over Government. You have to be realistic,” she said.
Since 1990, at the dawn of Namibia’s independence, former liberation movement, Swapo has been the only governing party that Namibians have seen.
During Namibia’s maiden democratic elections in 1989, Swapo won a majority of seats (41) but failed to gain the two-thirds margin that would have enabled it to draft the independence Constitution alone.
The then DTA (now PDM) captured 21 seats.
For the following six general elections held, opposition parties have done little to make a dent on Swapo’s might.
The latest being the 2014 Presidential and National Assembly elections, which saw Swapo’s presidential candidate, President Hage Geingob collect 87 per cent of the votes cast.
Swapo got 80 per cent (77 seats) in the National Assembly.
Namibians will go to the polls in November 2019.