I was misquoted – Itula
30 September 2020 | Politics
Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) leader Dr Panduleni Itula says he was misinterpreted when he told Namibian Sun that he is not a ‘contemporary’ of Walvis Bay Urban councillor Knowledge Ipinge in the upcoming election.
Namibian Sun yesterday reported that Itula, who was responding to an invitation from Ipinge to participate in a public debate over veto politics, said he was not in the same league as the Walvis Bay councillor.
“What I said is that I am not participating in this election as a candidate, so Knowledge must debate fellow candidates and not me,” Itula clarified.
“I am not arrogant to portray myself as being in a higher class than anybody. I don’t look at people that way. When I said Knowledge is not my contemporary, I simply meant that he should debate those standing as candidates like himself.”
Itula said the article portrayed him as arrogant and boastful, which is not a correct reflection of the kind of leader he is.
Ipinge has been on the case of the IPC leader, who rose to political fame as an independent candidate in the 2019 presidential election and went on form a political party whose constitution bans members from standing as independents.
Namibian Sun unreservedly apologises to Dr Itula for the wrong interpretation of his comments when responding to the invitation to debate Ipinge.