I’m not authoritarian - Venaani

The leader of the official opposition has hit back at a suspended town councillor who accused him of running the party like his “own house”.

13 August 2019 | Politics


Popular Democratic Movement leader McHenry Venaani has denied an accusation that he is running the party as if it were his personal property.

PDM Grootfontein town councillor Othniel Tjikuua made the comment in response to his recent suspension form the party.

Hitting back, Venaani accused Tjikuua of actively campaigning for the National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo). Tjikuua was further accused of setting his sights on becoming a councillor for Nudo in the Okakarara constituency.

“Tjikuua wants to run as a Nudo candidate in the Okakarara elections. He should not play the victim here. He is mobilising PDM support for that,” Venaani said.

Tjikuua had also accused Venaani of denying him the right of being involved in the affairs of the Ovaherero Traditional Authority.

“There is no truth in what Tjikuua is claiming. He has been serving as a councillor in Grootfontein for the last four years,” said Venaani.

According to him, Tjikuua is not the only PDM member involved with a traditional authority.

Venaani further asked what decision he had taken to be labelled authoritarian by Tjikuua and political stray Olsen Kahriri, who had also criticised the PDM leader.

“He [Kahiriri] was not even a PDM member at the last congress. He is not a national executive council member, he is not even a central committee member,” said Venaani.

“There is no truth that I am being authoritarian. Which decision did I take to be called authoritarian? There is no truth that I am being authoritarian,” the party leader said.

Tjikuua was recently suspended from the party on charges of gross insubordination and violation of the PDM Code of Conduct.

“Mr Tjikuua has further been given 14 days from receipt of the written letter to show cause as to why he should not be subjected to a disciplinary hearing,” party secretary-general Manuel Ngaringombe said in a statement.

Tjikuua was further forbidden to attend any PDM events.

When called for comment, Tjikuua accused Venaani of running the party as if it were his personal property. He added that he was a victim of tribalism because he had backed a traditional faction Venaani did not favour.

Similar News


Uupyakadhi wa holoka moRDP

6 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Politics

Konima owala yoomwedhi ne sho ongundu yoRally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) ya ningi omutumba gwomahogololo ngoka gwa hogolola Mike Kavekotora onga omupresidnde gwongundu ndjoka,...

Trouble brews in RDP

1 week ago - 12 September 2019 | Politics

Four months after the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) national convention elected Mike Kavekotora as party president, the youth wing is crying foul and...

Hage a hupitha Jerry

1 week ago - 12 September 2019 | Politics

Metokolo lye ndyoka tali halutha, Omupresidende Hage Geingob okwa kwatelemo maahogololwa ye, Jerry Ekandjo, opo a vule okuninga oshilyo shopaliamende konima yomahogololo gopashigwana ngoka taga...

Hage throws Jerry a bone

1 week ago - 11 September 2019 | Politics

In a surprising twist, President Hage Geingob has included Swapo backbencher Jerry Ekandjo among his 10 presidential nominees to take up seats in the National...

SPYL takes aim at PG

1 week ago - 11 September 2019 | Politics

The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) says it will not rest until justice is served in the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) saga, in which...

Support for presidential checks and balances

1 week ago - 10 September 2019 | Politics

Democracy is designed to keep powerful leaders in check. The separation of powers into three branches of government creates a system of accountability by all...

PDM to launch election manifesto

1 week ago - 10 September 2019 | Politics

The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) is set to launch its election manifesto under the theme 'Strategy Namibia' at the end of September, its president McHenry...

Harambee delight

1 week ago - 09 September 2019 | Politics

The outcome of the Swapo electoral college has seemingly confirmed President Hage Geingob’s unshakable grip on power, with most of his loyalists emerging in pole...

Seven jump out of pot

1 week ago - 06 September 2019 | Politics

Former trade minister Immanuel Ngatjizeko, Namibia's ambassador to China, Elia Kaiyamo, and his counterpart in Botswana, Asser Kapere, are among seven central committee members that...

Elders critical for politics

1 week ago - 06 September 2019 | Politics

There is no age limit in politics and being a member of parliament should not be seen as an employment opportunity, Swapo MP Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana...

Latest News

Oshakati hospital rundown, understaffed

11 hours ago | Health

The 750-bed Oshakati Intermediary Hospital, which serves close to a million patients a year, is operating without a paediatrician, neonatologist, neurosurgeon, dietician, clinical psychologist and...

Roar young lions, roar!

11 hours ago | Columns

Youth without a consistent voice are inevitably excluded from the pockets of power that exist throughout societies.Youth who become praise-singers and imbongis, even when they...

Teko trio walk free

11 hours ago | Justice

Teckla Lameck, Jerobeam Mokaxwa and Chinese national Yang Fang, known as the Teko trio, have been found not guilty of all charges relating to a...

'He decided to flee'

11 hours ago | Crime

Defence minister Penda Ya Ndakolo says Benisius Kalola (32), the second unarmed civilian killed during Operation Kalahari Desert this year, was shot when he fled...

280 cops deployed against poachers

11 hours ago | Crime

The Namibian police have deployed 280 members to assist in the fight against poaching.Inspector-general Sebastian Ndeitunga says these members, selected from across the country, are...

Uanivi gets Warriors chance

11 hours ago | Sports

African Stars veteran defender Pat-Navin Uanivi has finally been selected for the national team after years of being omitted. Uanivi forms part of Brave Warriors...

Horn suspended for alleged doping

11 hours ago | Sports

South African women's 100m record holder Carina Horn has been suspended from competition over doping allegations.The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced on Monday: “The AIU...

'Hitman' faces tough brawl

11 hours ago | Sports

Former two-time world champion Paulus 'Hitman' Moses is set for tough night, as he not only faces Russia's Adlan Aburashidov, but also the home-ground advantage...

Loubser ready to get his...

11 hours ago | Sports

Four years ago, Cliven Loubser was inspired after watching his native Namibia score a try against New Zealand and earn their first Rugby World Cup...

Load More