Familiar faces surface at IPC

03 August 2020 | Politics



Familiar faces have surfaced in the newly launched Independent Patriots for Change (IPC), which held its founding national convention in Windhoek over the weekend.

The party is led by former presidential candidate Panduleni Itula, who was recently kicked out of Swapo for challenging President Hage Geingob for State House.

Brian Black, a fierce critic of the Geingob administration, is the national chairperson of the new party.

Other familiar faces include Immanuel Nashinge, also a critic of Geingob, who served as economic affairs secretary for the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL).

In 2016, Nashige was hauled before a Swapo disciplinary hearing after congratulating Affirmative Repositioning (AR) leader Job Amupanda when he was appointed deputy dean at the University of Namibia that year. He is now in the communications, elections and strategic planning division of IPC, as second in charge.

'Marshall Ranger' Sean Naude, who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Itula during his presidential campaign trail last year, is another notable face for IPC. He is a deputy in charge of the party's security, logistics and amenities division.

Former Namrights human rights activist Stefanus Mvula, who has been a thorn in Swapo's flesh for years, has been roped in as the party's national political mobiliser.

The party's vice-president is to be appointed at what is called the party's national council of patriots.

Council elections

The party is expected to contest this year's regional and local authority elections.

At the launch, Itula vowed that the party would exist to serve Namibians.

“We shall empower our people before we empower ourselves. We shall ensure our children get the best education, we will be there to serve our people,” he said at the party's convention,” he said.

“We are here to establish ourselves, as Independent Patriots for Change, for one simple reason, to change, this will be a movement of principled cadres, that will fight truly for the benefit of the Namibia people,” he added. According to him, his party members would work tirelessly for Namibia.

“IPC shall continue marching until our people are free and enjoy the independence of this country,” he said.

The party was formed in mind with Namibia's first cohort of freedom fighters, Itula said.

“We came from [Samuel] Maharero, we came from Ipumbu Ya Shilongo, Nehale Iya Mpingana, those are people that ceded this nation,” he said.

Itula also implored his party members to put the ideals of the party before their own.

“Remember your faith of office, it is not about Dr Itula, it is about a phenomenon for change. Take your pride, put it away, take your humanity, save the people,” he said.

No silence over Fishrot

Itula also vowed there would be no rest for Geingob, saying now that he is the head of a political party, he would ask Geingob to account for the scandal.

“We shall respect your dignity but not your silence,” Itula said.

Swapo is alleged to have benefited from Fishrot funds in 2017. Geingob has however denied these claims, saying the party had not benefited from the ill-fated funds. Remarking on the scandal, Itula asked whether Geingob was aware of the alleged looting that had occurred at embattled State-Owned Enterprise, the National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor).

“Did you know that Bernhardt Esau (former fisheries minister) and Sackey Shanghala (former justice minister) were busy looting? Have you betrayed the trust of Namibians? Have you expressed any remorse over Fishrot as president? Is there any morality left in you? Any ethical principle?” Itula asked during the convention.

Similar News


Wakudumo, Shinduvi reject 'so-called' no confidence vote

4 days ago - 23 September 2020 | Politics

Kenya KamboweRUNDUSwapo Kavango East regional coordinator Ottilie Shinduvi and regional mobiliser Bonifatius Wakudumo, who also serves as the regional governor, yesterday declared a motion of...

IPC dissident opens case against Itula

4 days ago - 23 September 2020 | Politics

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEK Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) outcast Henry Ngenomesho has opened a case of assault by threat against party president Dr...

Swapo's Wakudumo and Shinduvi face axe

5 days ago - 22 September 2020 | Politics

Kenya KamboweRUNDUThe Swapo Kavango East regional executive committee (REC) passed a motion of no confidence in the region's coordinator Ottilie Shinduvi and the regional mobiliser...

APP condemns Stina's discount land deal at Divundu

6 days ago - 21 September 2020 | Politics

RUNDUNAMPAThe All People's Party (APP) has condemned the alleged N$20 million discount land deal businesswoman Stina Wu scored at Divundu in the Kavango East Region.APP...

Itula reacts to 'autocracy' accusations

1 week ago - 18 September 2020 | Politics

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKIndependent Patriots for Change (IPC) leader Dr Panduleni Itula says he is unshaken by critics and aggrieved members who have labelled him a “hypocrite”...

Indigenisation Bill is investor friendly

1 week ago - 17 September 2020 | Politics

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKThe Affirmative Repositioning movement, which has submitted the Indigenisation Bill to National Assembly Speaker Peter Katjavivi, says the bill is in no way a...

Hakusembe not shaken by opposition in Rundu

1 week ago - 17 September 2020 | Politics

Kenya Kambowe RUNDU Swapo's Rundu Urban district coordinator, Gabriel Hakusembe, says the party is not deterred or threatened by newly...

Itula and the white vote

1 week ago - 16 September 2020 | Politics

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKFormer independent presidential candidate and leader of Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) Dr Panduleni Itula is making inroads in garnering the white vote as...

Registration numbers increased

1 week ago - 16 September 2020 | Politics

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKThe registration of voters for the upcoming elections have significantly picked up, particularly in the urban centres, over the last 48 hours, peaking at...

Swapo is not Fishrot – Mupya

1 week ago - 16 September 2020 | Politics

Edward Mumbuu JnrWINDHOEKThe Fishrot corruption scandal which led to the arrest of senior Swapo figures should not be used as a gauge to sway votes...

Latest News

Government wage index increases in...

2 days ago - 25 September 2020 | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKU The government wage index stood at 133.0 basis points during the second quarter of 2020, an increase of 0.9 percent, compared to an...

No English cucumbers will be...

2 days ago - 25 September 2020 | Economics

ELLANIE SMITNo English cucumbers will be imported into Namibia until further notice. This was announced to horticulture producers earlier this week by Namibia Agronomic Board...

Millennials thrive in learning organisations

2 days ago - 25 September 2020 | People

Chaze NalisaMillennials, those born between 1981 and 1996, are dynamic, with a wealth of potential to contribute to the transition, sustainability and growth of an...

Attitude is everything

2 days ago - 25 September 2020 | People

Mariselle StofbergWith his people relationships and excellent communication skills, Chris Matthee understands the importance of listening and communicating clearly and with the appropriate level of...

Attitude is everything

2 days ago - 25 September 2020 | Banking

Mariselle StofbergWith his people relationships and excellent communication skills, Chris Matthee understands the importance of listening and communicating clearly and with the appropriate level of...

Without a trace

2 days ago - 25 September 2020 | Crime

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKAs the family of Shannon Darlikie Wasserfall battles to deal with the trauma of her disappearance - without a trace - nearly...

DBN seeks interim replacement for...

2 days ago - 25 September 2020 | Business

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKThe Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) will find a temporary replacement for its senior manager for corporate communications Jerome Mutumba until his return from...

Economy loses nearly N$6bn in...

2 days ago - 25 September 2020 | Economics

Jo-Maré Duddy WINDHOEKAbout N$5.7 billion less flowed through the economy in the second quarter due to the lockdown and related Covid-19 measures...

DBN Innovation Award winner makes...

2 days ago - 25 September 2020 | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUWinner of the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) 2019 Innovation Award, Pulsar Electronics, is making strides with a DBN enterprise development and support package...

Load More