Kavekotora slams ‘late questioning’ of party election results

18 Sep 2019 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 18 SEP (NAMPA) – Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) president Mike Kavekotora said he does not understand why the results for the party presidency at the party’s third ordinary convention have to be questioned now, just two months to national elections.
In media briefing here on Wednesday, Kavekotora said the questioning of his victory in June by Kandy Nehova, who he defeated for the party’s presidency and Tjinezuma Kavari, who lost the vice president position to Kennedy Shekupakela, is wrongly timed as they had the time to challenge the results the day they were announced.
Local media reported on Tuesday that there is a group within RDP, spearheaded by Kavari, that is calling for a re-run of the elections, claiming Kavekotora was not the outright winner in terms of the party’s election rules.
“It needs to be stated for the record that when the results were announced, neither of the two defeated contenders challenged the outcome,” he said.
He said Nehova congratulated him in person and conceded defeat in the media as he was quoted as saying: “The election was democratic and we all won in the end. Now we are going to seriously campaign for the National Assembly and Presidential elections. I will fully support the winning candidate (Kavekotora)”.
Kavekotora said Miriam Hamutenya, who was the third contender for the president’s position also conceded defeat and pledged her full support.
He said the bad timing of this questioning is a sign of “sour grapes and bad loser syndrome” and that one has to question if the members have the best interest of the party at heart, considering that it is just two months to elections where the party has to be more united.
Kavekotora said the bad losers will go all the way to pull out stops and spanners in the wheels to frustrate, create confusion and hold uninformed ransoms and therefore, RDP members should not allow this to happen with them.
Kavekora added that he is surprised that the two contenders are also now raising issues around the constitutionality of the RDP third ordinary national convention resolutions.
At the convention, Kavekotora received the majority of the votes with 243 (51,1 per cent), followed by Nehova with 133 and Hamutenya with 100 votes, while Shekupakela won the vice president position with 368 votes.