Nudo affirms Muinjangue's loyalty

25 March 2020 | Politics

JEMIMA BEUKES

WINDHOEK



The leadership of the National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) has welcomed the appointment of party president Ester Utjiua Muinjangue as deputy health minister.

Muinjangue, who made history when she was elected as the historically male-dominated party's first female president, is the only member of the opposition appointed to a ministerial position in the current government.

During a media briefing yesterday, Nudo secretary-general Joseph Kauandenge said Muinjangue would remain committed to the fight for reparations and land reform.

“Why would a person of her calibre betray her party just for a few dollars? If there was a time when she could be bought, then it should have been by the Germans because she actively advocated for reparations in Germany.

“Surely, they have more money than the Namibian government, and by the way, how much money does a deputy minister earn for her loyalty to be questioned,” he said.



Steadfast

The party's national chairperson Elia Kandjii also emphasised that their leader would remain steadfast.

He said the appointment would allow Muinjangue to incorporate some of her party's strategies on health into government policies.



The party insisted that their president would not change her political affiliation or abandon her loyalty to her political supporters.



Woman of substance

“Nothing in her character points to the fact that she can be bought with money to abandon her party agenda and principles; that is not in her DNA.

“We have full confidence in her ability to know when she is driven into a corner and when she is forced to betray her principles and her party agenda, that she will simply say no to whoever is trying to force her into submission,” Kandjii said.

He added that the party had full confidence in Muinjangue's ability to deliver and to reform the health ministry while at the same time remaining true to her party and its principles.

“We remain hopeful that Namibians will embrace her achievements for having paved the way for other women still to come, and that alone should be enough to respect her for what she truly is: a woman of substance.”

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