PDM’s Real SONA shelved indefinitely

05 Jun 2019 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 05 JUN (NAMPA) – Namibia’s official opposition, the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) on Tuesday indefinitely postponed its Real State of the Nation Address (Real SONA) event due to what it termed poor planning and timing.
The event, which was supposed to have PDM leader, McHenry Venaani as the keynote speaker, was scheduled to take place in Windhoek’s Goreangab Informal settlement on Tuesday.
The event did, however not meet schedule of 18h00, with the party’s leaders including Venaani and the party’s Secretary General, Manuel Ngaringombe, only showing up at 20h00.
Ngaringombe told journalists that the much-talked-about ‘Real SONA’ would commence in ‘due course’, however,30 minutes later, with no crowd in place waiting to be addressed by Venaani, PDM resolved to postpone the event.
“We will have to postpone the event. It was a wrong timing. Wrong venue. Wrong crowd,” Ngaringombe said.
Vipuakuje Muharukua, one of the party’s parliamentarians, echoed Ngaringombe’s sentiments.
“I think it’s an issue of time. We started this event very late and as you can see, it’s winter and its cold out here. So, we should have planned better,” the youthful politician conceded.
PDM did not say when the Real SONA would be held.
“We will hold it on a date to be determined. It might be Saturday, very early and at a different venue,” Muharukua added.
The PDM has perennially held its Real SONA event in response to President Hage Geingob's State of the Nation Address.