03 Mar 2019 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 03 MAR (NAMPA) Okakarara Constituency Councillor Vetaruhe Kandorozu - co-contender for the presidency of the National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) - has vowed to rally behind the victor, Utjiua Muinjangue.
Kandorozu made this vow in an interview with Nampa shortly after the announcement at Nudos third extraordinary congress held in the capital on the weekend.
Kandorozu, affectionately known as VK, accepted the congress outcome, declaring it free and fair.
Muinjangue beat Kandorozu with 240 votes to his close 227.
He said he was obligated, like any other Nudo member, to support Muinjangue and her new team.
We are going to inform our members and followers not to panic (but) to remain calm and continue being members of the party, a candid Kandorozu told this agency.
Last year, Nudos elective congress was marred by chaos after fights erupted between members of the then two competing factions, Team Nudo and Team 100 per cent VK.
This was after members from Team 100 per cent VK, the slate led by Kandorozu at the time, were denied entry into the congress hall, while delegates from the Muinjangue-led Team Nudo went ahead with elections, which they won unanimously.
However, this election was later declared null and void and the two factions were back to square one.
This weekends congress was quite the opposite of the first.
Despite the dismantling of the slates, however, it turned out that all candidates who were initially part of the Muinjangue-led clique emerged victors in their respective portfolios.
This did not bother Kandorozu either, as he said the bloc-voting that was observed at their congress was their own creation.
There was bloc voting but our announcement (to denounce the slates) was at the beginning of February while the elections were at the end of February (and) to remove or to make sure that the slates fade away is not possible within a month, he said.
A voting bloc is a group of voters who are strongly motivated by specific common concerns or interests which then dominate their voting patterns, causing them to vote together in elections.
After being at the helm of the Okakarara Constituency and with a year remaining on his current term, he will call it a day at that level, said Kandorozu.
The 43-year-old politician and businessman vowed to pursue studies in public policy.
The National Assembly is also a platform which Kandorozu would use to serve his country of birth, he said.
It will depend on the (new) leadership. If they pronounce themselves and invite me to be part of Parliament, I will welcome it. If they dont, I will also welcome the decision, Kandorozu asserted.