RDP develops redemption plan

21 Jul 2019 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 21 JUL (NAMPA) – The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) has devised a strategy to reclaim its glory days as a political force.
The plan, which is Nampa’s possession, was signed off by RDP president Mike Kavekotora.
It is composed of key points which the party has identified as its weaknesses, where it needs to improve and what to rebuild or get rid of among others.
Chiefly, the question of party leadership and stability is a priority for the party following the resignation of two of its former presidents, the late Hidipo Hamutenya and later Jeremiah Nambinga.
“During the period under review [2014-2018], RDP went through unprecedented leadership challenges ranging from resignations, court challenges and lack of trust among the top leaders that led to the creation of multiple centres of power,” Kavekotora acknowledged.
To address this, he said in the document: “What is facing us is to assure the Namibian nation that we are still a force to be reckoned with and we have the needs and aspirations of the entire Namibian nation at heart.”
Next, RDP instated a plan to address its shortcomings.
“The setting up of structures at the branch, district and regional levels were identified as a critical success factor,” reads a section of the document.
Another bottleneck identified is its limited budget and how it will expand its revenue generation streams that include voluntary contributions through a debit order system.
“Revenue targets were not met and our main sources of revenue remained money received from the government,” it said.
Further, RDP - through its commercial arm - will venture into small bankable businesses.
The document does not specify these businesses and when approached by Nampa, Kavekotora responded: “That is private and confidential. You can’t afford a situation where other parties just copy and paste from us.”
The party receives close to N.dollars 3 million from Treasury each year for its three seats in the National Assembly.
The shortage of vehicles has also been identified as one factor hampering its smooth operations.
In addition, RDP seeks to revive its dormant wings while strengthening its youth and women’s leagues.
The party is adamant that it does not need to change its political agenda as the challenges facing Namibians now are as relevant as they were at its formation 12 years ago.
“Poverty and inequality are still prevalent among the majority of our communities. The Namibian economy is still stagnating and has failed to produce jobs, especially for the youth [while] the provision of basic services such as housing, quality education and health services remain an unrealistic dream for many Namibians.”