DTA leadership terminates Kaura’s membership

WINDHOEK: The DTA of Namibia’s leadership has terminated the membership of former party president Katuutire Kaura and has recalled him from the National Assembly with immediate effect. The decision was taken during the party’s extra-ordinary executive committee meeting held on Saturday, DTA spokesperson Nico Smit said during a media briefing in the capital on Sunday.

Smit said the decision was taken against Kaura after he “brought the party into disrepute, undermined the authority of the leadership of the party and instigated factionalism and divisiveness within the DTA”.
“The Executive Committee meeting passed, with an overwhelming majority, a motion of no confidence in Kaura, which was followed by the passing of a motion to terminate the former DTA president’s party membership,” he said.

Smit added that a decision was taken at the executive meeting that Kaura, considering that he is no longer a member of the party, be recalled as Member of Parliament. He said the leadership will write a letter to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Theo-Ben Gurirab on Monday to inform him of their decision. Smit said a decision was also taken at the meeting that DTA president McHenry Venaani would replace Kaura in the National Assembly.

“The DTA hereby states that the disciplinary matter involving Kaura has been concluded and the necessary decisive action has been taken to ensure that the party continues on its forward trajectory,” he said.
Smit on behalf of the party leadership called on members, supporters and the general public not to lose faith in the party and to remain focused on its political programme and its vision of moving Namibia forward.

Contacted for comment, Kaura said he could not comment on the matter as he had not been officially informed of the decision. “I cannot comment as I have not seen an official letter with all the charges from the party,” he said. Kaura served as DTA president since 1998 and as a member of the National Assembly since Independence in 1990.

He was replaced as president of the party by Venaani in September last year.
There had however been growing tension between the two, with Kaura accusing Venaani of flushing DTA members who supported him from the party, while Venaani has accused Kaura of using dishonesty to tarnish his (Venaani’s) image.