Riruako’s hospitalisation has not affected NUDO’s operations

WINDHOEK: The National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO)’s operations have not been affected by the hospitalisation of its president, Chief Kuaima Riruako, since 26 April this year.

“NUDO has existing structures in place, which take care of the day-to-day operations of the party,” Secretary–General Meundju Jahanika told Nampa on Wednesday.

The 79-year-old politician has been hospitalised due to high blood pressure.

Jahanika said since the hospitalisation of Riruako, who is also the OvaHerero Paramount Chief, the party’s vice-president Asser Mbai has been acting as president.

The party’s constitution is also clear on the issue of who should be acting when the president is unable to perform his duties, he added.

Meanwhile, family spokesperson Dr Hoze Riruako was quoted in the Namibian Sun daily newspaper this week as saying that the Riruako family does not want the veteran politician to be involved in campaigning for his party in the run-up to this year’s general elections when he recovers.

“If the Good Lord helps us and he recovers, I do not think he will be in a condition to run a fully-fledged campaign for his party. It has taken a toll on his life.

I foresee a situation where he has to be put on prolonged leave, and make a complete recovery. Even from the chieftaincy side, from now on the chief has to really scale-down his schedule,” Hoze Riruako noted.

The NUDO SG said they will feel his absence and the void he will leave, especially during the campaigns.

“But with electronic technology at our disposal, he will be able to talk to the electorate without compromising his health,” Jahanika continued.

In terms of preparations for the elections, the SG said his party’s machinery is in top gear to ensure that everything is in place, come elections in November this year.

NUDO has also already drawn up its draft election manifesto and strategies, which were done in the presence of Chief Riruako in Omaruru.

However, during the NUDO National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held in Swakopmund last Saturday, Mbai reminded the party of the financial difficulties it has been faced with for quite some time.

He thus encouraged the meeting to adopt strategies which would help the party raise funds in order to vigorously campaign for the upcoming elections.