RDP Legal Fight Continues

LAWYERS representing disgruntled Rally for Democracy and Progress youth leaders who were removed from office, have said the case is far from being resolved, contrary to comments made by party leader Hidipo Hamutenya last week

Sibuku Malumbano and others, who were ousted from their positions in September last year, are challenging the action, accusing the party of ignoring internal policies and regulations.

Hamutenya last week told The Namibian that as far as the RDP leadership and the youth are concerned, the Malumbano issue had been laid to rest and that the party had moved forward as a united and cohesive unit to focus on winning the general elections.

But Jens Roland who is representing Malumbano has told The Namibian that the case is “not even close to being resolved”.

Malumbano alleges that the party approved “an illegitimate” youth executive to take office at an extraordinary convention held at Keetmanshoop where Monica Nambelela was elected secretary.

The Namibian also learnt that the RDP did not inform Malumbano’s lawyers that the party considered his case closed and concluded. The party however informed Roland that the processes was still in progress.

The party wrote to Roland on two occasions this year – the first time was in March when it asked Malumbano’s lawyers not to go ahead with legal proceedings, while giving it a chance to resolve the disagreements internally.

The second letter was written in April, where the party assured Malumbano’s lawyers that the process of resolving the stand-off was still ongoing.

The Namibian also reported, last week that shortly thereafter, the party executive set up a committee to look into the matter and resolve infighting in the youth structures as well as to come up with a solution that will prevent a lawsuit. It was also noted that the party could not afford legal fees.

The committee was chaired by Hamutenya and consisted of Mike Kavekotora, Anton von Wietersheim and Kandy Nehova.

The committee met the warring youth factions and decided that both groups should share power until an elective convention is held after the national elections this year.

The committee allegedly unanimously agreed to nullify the Keetmanshoop convention drop suspensions of two of Malumbano’s supporters push for a power-sharing agreement between the two factions prepare for a national elective convention and instruct Malumbano and his group to drop the pending court challenge.

On 10 May, the committee tabled a report and recommendations to the party executive which is also chaired by Hamutenya. At that meeting, four party executive members allegedly rejected the recommendations, and Hamutenya allegedly also made a U-turn and joined those who opposed the recommendations.

Source : The Namibian