7 September 2013

Namibia: Venaani New DTA President

McHenry Venaani has won 96 votes out of the 148 votes as the DTA of Namibia Central Committee (CC) gathered in Katutura on Saturday for the party's elective congress.

"Yes, I'm officially the president of the DTA," the youthful Venaani told The Namibian after speaking to his supporters outside the hall.

The one-day congress will elect a new leadership for the party and also discuss issues such as the party's organisational and financial reports.

In his opening speech, Kaura, who has been at the helm of the party for 15 years, said himself and his opponent have had "clean", beautiful campaigns, and thus was not going to make a long presidential speech, as that was done during their campaigns throughout the country during the past six months.

"The DTA is going to walk an extra step and democracy will survive, and it will become more democratic than it has been at this point.

Thus, the onus is on you fellow DTA members to take those democratic principles forward after this CC meeting," he said.

A tense atmosphere was observed during the opening of the congress, and visible was the factions - with Venaani backed by the youth and Kaura by the elders.

Late last year, Kaura announced that he would step down as president, but later made a U-turn, indicating he was going to run for office again.

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