National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) presidential candidates, Vetaruhe Kandorozu and Utjiua Muinjangue, appeared confident of victory ahead of the party’s three-day elective congress set for this weekend in Brakwater.
The party’s third elective congress will take place at the Greiter’s Hotel and Conference Center, some 14 km outside Windhoek from 25-27 May.
Kandorozu told the Windhoek Observer that he is confident of beating his rival Muinjangue and succeeding current party president, Asser Mbai.
He said he has done enough to convince members that he is the right man to lead the party to greater heights, despite his slate’s star rally at the UN Plaza over the weekend attracting less than 100 people.
Kandorozu said there is no reason why his team will not emerge victorious at the weekend congress.
“I am very much satisfied with the campaign. We are going to win all the eight positions as we remain confident.”
Kandorozu said if he wins the election he will only take over power in 2020, after the National Assembly and presidential elections scheduled to take place at the end of 2019.
Kandorozu is the councilor of Okakarara Constituency.
“I will be councilor until 2020. After congress, Mbai will remain president until a new government is put into power on 21 March 2020. We are not going to do a Zuma/Ramaphosa by recalling our president, and I can assure him (Mbai) that,” Kandorozu said.
The 43-year-old added that if his party win seats during next year’s National Assembly elections, he will move motions for a social grant for every unemployed Namibian.
He will also advocate for an increase in vocational training centers in all regions and free education from grade one until tertiary level.
“Namibia has a huge gap between the rich and the poor and we want to close that gap. We want to see every Namibian irrespective of class, colour, ethnic group, or political affiliation getting a social grant. The social grant will also focus on every child that is born until he or she reaches the age of 21.
“Botswana with the same population as us has free tertiary education, so why can’t Namibia do the same thing?”
He further said that he will seek to break the perception that NUDO is dominated by Otjiherero-speaking people by making the party visible in all 14 regions.
NUDO currently has two representatives in the National Assembly, Mbai and Meundju Jahanika, who is also the party’s SG.
Meanwhile, Muinjangue said she was satisfied with her campaign ahead of the weekend congress.
Muinjangue team campaigned in Windhoek, Omaruru, Gobabis, Otjinene, Aminus and Opuwo.
“I am very happy with the campaign as we managed to achieve what we wanted despite limited resources. I am confident and positive of winning because you do not campaign to lose,” Muinjangue said.
If she wins, she would become the first female party president in the country which could open many doors for future women that would want to contest for top leadership at party level.
“Winning will mean a lot to me because this will show maturity and democracy within the party, since many people believe that some positions are only earmarked for men,” she said.
The 55 year-old candidate is a lecturer at the University of Namibia (UNAM).
Other positions at stake at the weekend congress are that of deputy president, national treasurer, deputy national treasurer, secretary general, deputy secretary general, national chairperson and deputy national chairperson.
About 501 delegates are expected to attend the congress.