RDP develops redemption plan

The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) has devised a strategy to reclaim its glory days and ultimately take over the governance of the country post November's presidential and National Assembly elections.

The plan, which is Nampa's possession was signed off by RDP president Mike Kavekotora.

The dossier is composed of key points which the party has identified as its weaknesses, where it needs to improve, what to rebuilt or get rid of among others.

Chiefly, the question of party leadership and stability is a priority for the party following the resignation of two of its former presidents, the late HidipoHamutenya and later Jeremiah Nambinga.

During the period under review [2014-2018], RDP went through unprecedented leadership challenges ranging from resignations, court challenges, lack of trust among the top leaders that led to the creation of multiple centers of power, Kavekotora acknowledged.

To address this, he said: What is facing us it to assure the Namibian nation that we are still a force to be reckoned with and we have the needs and aspirations of the entire Namibian nation at heart.

Next, RDP has also instated a strategic plan to address its shortcomings.

The setting up of structures at the branch, district, and regional levels were identified as a critical success factor, reads a section of the document.

Another bottleneck identified is its limited budget and how it will expand its revenue generation streams which include voluntary contributions through a debit order system.

Revenue targets were not met and our main sources of revenue remained money received from the government, he said.

Further, RDP through its commercial arm will venture into small bankable businesses.

The document does not specify these businesses.

That is private and confidential. You can't afford a situation where other parties just copy and paste from us, he told Nampa.

The party receives close to N.dollars 3 million from Treasury each year for its three seats in the National Assembly.

More so, the shortage of vehicles has also been identified as one factor hampering its smooth operations.

In addition, RDP also seeks to revive its dormant wings while also strengthening its youth and women's leagues.

The party is adamant that it does not needs to change its political agenda as the challenges facing Namibians now are as relevant as they were at its formation 12 years ago.

Poverty and inequality are still prevalent among the majority of our communities. The Namibian economy is still stagnating and has failed to produce jobs and create especially the youth [while] the provision of basic services such as housing, quality education, and health services remain an unrealistic dream for many Namibians, he said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency