RDP calls off its extra-ordinary national convention

WINDHOEK: The leadership of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) has called off its Extra-ordinary National Convention that was scheduled to be held at the end of this month.

The opposition party’s extra-ordinary convention that was scheduled to be held on the weekend on 23 and 24 May this year, will now be held on the 01 and 02 July tis year.

RDP’ Secretary for Information and Publicity Jeremiah Nambinga announced this in a media statement avalied to Nampa here on Sunday afternoon that the convention was postponed in order to allow the party’s regional structures to first hold their respective district and regional conferences in thier respective areas.

The RDP’s extra-ordinary nataion al convention was scheduled to elect the party’s new president after former president and veteran politician, Hidipo Hamutenya, has called it quits after being at the helm of the party for the past ten years.

Hamutenya has indicated over the past few months that he wishes to retire from the party’s presidency and active politics all together over the past few months.

Hamutenya only indicated voluntary retirement as a reason for his retirement from active politics.

Nambinga also earlier told this agency that party’s Central Committee mandated the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to manage the succession process in terms of Article 129 of the RDP Constitution following the retirement of Hamutenya.

Explaining the procedures of electing a new leader, Nambinga said interested candidates will come from all regions, after which the party will then shortlist the number of candidates competing for the position of president.

Members of the RDP who are now contesting for the position of the pary’s new president are Nambinga himself, Libolly Haufiku. parliamentarian Heino Lucks and veteran politician Kandi Nehova.

After Hamutenya’s defeat in a bid for the Swapo-party’s presidential nomination in 2004, he left

the ruling party to form an opposition group – the RDP in 2007.

He was then elected to the National Assembly (NA) of Namibia with RDP in the 2009 general election.

(edited)WINDHOEK: The leadership of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) has postponed the party’s extra-ordinary national convention that was scheduled for the end of this month.

The convention, which was set to take place on 23 and 24 May this year, will now be held on 01 and 02 July 2015.

RDP’s Secretary for Information and Publicity, Jeremiah Nambinga announced this in a media statement availed to Nampa on Sunday.

The convention was postponed in order to allow the party’s regional structures to hold district and regional conferences in their respective areas.

The RDP’s extra-ordinary national convention was scheduled to elect the party’s new president after former president and veteran politician, Hidipo Hamutenya, called it quits after being at the helm of the party for the past 10 years.

Hamutenya has over the past few months indicated that he wishes to retire from the party’s presidency and active politics.

He only indicated voluntary retirement as a reason for his retirement from active politics.

Nambinga also earlier told this agency that the RDP’s Central Committee mandated the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to manage the succession process in terms of Article 129 of the RDP Constitution following the retirement of Hamutenya.

Explaining the procedures of electing a new leader, Nambinga said interested candidates will come from all regions, after which the party will then shortlist the number of candidates competing for the position of president.

Members of the RDP who are now contesting the position of party president are Nambinga himself, Libolly Haufiku, parliamentarian Heiko Lucks and veteran politician Kandi Nehova.

After Hamutenya’s defeat in a bid for the Swapo-party’s presidential nomination in 2004, he left the ruling party to form an opposition party, the RDP, in 2007.

He was then elected to the National Assembly of Namibia with RDP in the 2009 general election.

SOURCE: NAMPA