RDP president throws in the towel

10 August 2018 | Politics

Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) president Jeremiah Nambinga has resigned after long and bitter power struggles in the ailing opposition party.
Nambinga, who has served in the position since 2015, took over the reins from the late Hidipo Hamutenya, who later rejoined Swapo and received a Heroes’ Acre burial.
Nambinga said yesterday his decision to resign was linked to the ongoing feuds haunting the party.
According to reports, he said the party's principles were being violated.
In April Nambinga scored a huge legal victory over his own party in the High Court, which ruled that decisions taken on 12 August 2017 by the RDP national executive committee to first discuss and then oust him through a no-confidence vote were unlawful and invalid.
Following his resignation, RDP vice-president Steve Bezuidenhout is expected to take up the reins of the party in the interim.
The RDP currently has three seats in the National Assembly and is a shadow of its former self.
It occupied eight seats in the National Assembly following the 2009 general elections, which it went on to dispute in a long-running court battle.
STAFF REPORTER
GONE: Former RDP president Jeremiah Nambinga. PHOTO: NAMPA

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