Namibia: Second Chance for PDM's Katjimune

Outspoken Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) Youth League spokesperson Maximilian Katjimune has been given another shot to represent his party after being nominated to contest the local authority and regional council elections for the Windhoek municipality.

Katjimune is among 15 nominees who will represent the PDM in the race for Windhoek municipal council seats.

The former Unam student representative council spokesperson lost out on the opportunity to represent his party in the National Assembly last year following the adoption of a disputed list of candidates for PDM.

PDM won 16 seats from last year's National Assembly elections.

Katjimune was among the 16 that made it to the National Assembly before being removed when the party decided to stick with its initial list of candidates.

The list, adopted by PDM after the conclusion of last year's presidential and National Assembly elections last year, is made up of some people who defied a directive by the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) to resign from their positions in the public service, local authorities and regional councils before the National Assembly election.

Katjimune was at 22 on the initial list before his removal.

The decision by PDM to remove Katjimune and other members from the list was declared illegal by the High Court earlier this year.

The party was ordered to reinstate Katjimune and four other members - Charmaine Tjirare, Reginald Diergaardt, Mike Venaani, Frans Bertolini, Yvette Araes, following that High Court ruling.

However, this did not take place as PDM leader McHenry Venaani committed to appeal the ruling, saying it was political and was made to divert attention from the Fishrot scandal rocking the country at the time.

Katjimune has now been given a chance to represent his party at local authority level.

He will, however, contest the election against his former political science lecturer Job Amupanda who will contest the elections under the banner of the Affirmative Repositioning movement.

Other candidates on the PDM list for the Windhoek municipality include Clemencia Hanases, Samuel Kapepo, Noriene van Wyk, Abraham Gariseb, Nelson Tjihozu, Ignatius Semba, Joel Murotua, Rateeua Kaurimuje, Christian Haingura, Liselothe Akwake, Lucas Katjiremba, Nadine Pienaar, Brain Sacco and Juan Viljoen.

The regional councils and local authority elections are scheduled to take place on 25 November 2020.

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