Political merger between PDM and NDP dead and buried

WINDHOEK: The political merger between the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) and the National Democratic Party (NDP) is dead and buried.

The union between the two opposition political parties was made official by the two respective presidents on 01 October last year, with pledges to work together before and during the 2014 National Assembly (NA) and Presidential elections.

It came to an end earlier this month, following the pull-out of the PDM from the coalition.

PDM president Joseph Kauandenge said in a media statement availed to Nampa yesterday that it is with sadness that their coalition agreement with the National Democratic Party (NDP) led by Lukato Martin Lukato has come to an end.

He said the PDM tried to make sure that the coalition would stand the test of time, and eventually lead to the formation of one political party.

KEETMANSHOOP; The American Cultural Centre hosted two English Writing Skills’ workshops for learners and teachers at the Keetmanshoop Teachers’ Resource Centre on Monday and Tuesday.

They were presented by Katherine Carter, an American Fellow at the Polytechnic of Namibia.

The sessions mainly focused on essay and resume writing for English teachers and learners.

Around 70 people attended the training, also aimed at encouraging young people to apply for American President Barack Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI).

Now called the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the initiative brings hundreds of young African leaders, aged 25 to 35, from across the continent to the United States of America (USA) for six weeks of leadership training and mentoring at 20 US universities and colleges in the areas of business and entrepreneurship, civic engagement and public administration.

Earlier this year, the fellows were hosted in Washington D.C. for a three-day Presidential Summit.

Nine Namibian participants were selected this year to take part in the programme.