DTA stalwart Ndjiharine quits PDM for RDP

12 Sep 2019 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 12 SEP (NAMPA) – Founding member of the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) – now known as the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) – Uahindua Ndjiharine has resigned from the party and joined the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP).
Ndjiharine announced his decision at a media conference on Thursday, which was also attended by recently-elected RDP president, Mike Kavekotora.
“I, Duludi Uahindua Ndjiharine [a] founding member of the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance and also former Member of Parliament, have resigned from the PDM due to immature political leadership at our former political home,” he said.
Ndjiharine said being “devalued and alienated” in PDM are among the reasons why he left the official opposition party as he feels he still has much to offer in terms of the political direction that Namibia should take.
Another chief reason for Ndjiharine’s parting ways with PDM is what he referred to as its leader’s “dictatorial leadership style”.
Ndjiharine is a former PDM coordinator in the Erongo Region and his last position in the party was Secretary for Agriculture.
Kavekotora hailed the arrival of Ndjiharine.
“I have known you since 1986 when I returned from the United States. You are a great leader and your record speaks for itself. We welcome you to the RDP family and work starts now. If I see that you are not living up to your full potential, I will point that out,” Kavekotora said.
Contacted over the departure, PDM president McHenry Venaani seemed unfazed and laughed off Ndjiharine’s claims about his “dictatorial leadership.”
“Ndjiharine does not understand the concept of what a dictator is. Under my watch, this party has had four congresses, something they never had under the 15 years of their leader [Katuutire Kaura],” he said.
Venaani said “people should not use their own downfalls [and blame it] on other people.”
“Ndjiharine wanted to become president [of PDM] during the last congress. He was running around the whole country lobbying to challenge me, which we allowed him to do. But when he came to congress, he failed to secure any nomination,” he stated.
He also dismissed claims that he runs PDM as though it is his private property.