The two National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) Members of Parliament (MPs) who have been recalled from the National Assembly (NA) have vowed to challenge the decision.
Although the two, former president and Secretary General, Asser Mbai and Meundju Jahanika confirmed receipt of the recall letters, they said the procedures used were procedural, as the recall could only be carried out by the party’s national council and not the party leadership.
“Before the congress there was an undertaking that no one will be recalled before the lections for the sake of party unity,” Mbai said.
“Although we have received the letters, we will reflect and approach our lawyers on the way forward.”
The two have been replaced by the current president and SG, Esther Utjiua Muinjangue and Joseph Kauandenge, whom they said was not eligible because his name was not on the party list for parliament.
Kauandenge in a letter addressed to Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi said the party decision follows widespread consultations with party members over the last two months, which concluded with a leadership meeting on Friday where the final decision on the replacements were made.
Kauandenge responding to questions posed by Nampa as to why the replacement is necessary said: “The new leadership feels it is high time because it is an election year, for the new leadership to become visible and Parliament is the most active platform where you can actually be seen.”
He further claimed that there is no contribution by the current MPs in Parliament especially during the budget motivation debates.
“Our objective at the end of the day, is to make the party more visible, more tuned to the needs and aspirations of the people of this country,” Kauandenge stressed.
According to the letter, Mbai’s last day will be on 31 June as Muinjangue will be sworn in on 01 July 2019, while Jahanika’s last day will be 31 August 2019 and replacement Kauandenge will be sworn in on 11 September 2019.
The recall of the MPs follows a few weeks after Nudo elected its new leadership. – Nampa/Windhoek Observer