4 February 2013

Namibia: Garoëb to Step Down As Udf President

THE United Democratic Front (UDF) will hold its congress in Windhoek in September, on a date still to be announced.

Last week the party's top six held a press conference at Khorixas where the plans for the congress were revealed.

The top six are party president Justus Garoëb, vice presidents Apius !Auchab and Simson Tjongarero, secretary general Dudu Murorua, treasurer Sebastian !Gobs, and information and publicity officer Mathew Tsaeb. Cindy van Wyk

At the press conference Garoëb announced that he would step down as president, paving the way for another person to lead the party.

Garoëb will be granted the opportunity to nominate three people for the party's presidency, but delegates can still nominate other names, Murorua told the press conference.

"The three names mentioned by the president does not mean the door is closed for other nominees," Murorua said.

He encouraged UDF branches all over the country to look at possible nominees for the presidential position at the primaries.

The UDF top six also decided that a meeting of the party's central committee will be held his month at Omaruru, where details of the congress will be discussed.

Speculation that some senior members were agitating to dissolve the party and join the Swapo Party was shot down as a "pure lie".

"UDF joining Swapo is pure lies spread by people who want to see the party collapse," !Auchab said.

On Garoëb's retirement, Murorua, who is one of the likely presidential candidates, said the president would finish his term in office and will be accorded an honorary status in the party.

"He is not going to get out of the political eye after retirement and will advise the party's president to be elected," said Murorua.

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