WINDHOEK: People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) president Joseph Kauandenge says many of the opposition parties in the country are “in an intensive care state”.
Kauandenge made the statement during a media conference for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by PDM and the National Democratic Party (NDP) based in Caprivi and led by Martin Lukato Lukato, in the capital on Tuesday.
The MoU cements a working relationship agreement between the two parties.
The media conference also discussed the way forward for the two parties and the state of Namibian opposition parties.
“If you look across many of our opposition parties in this country, some are nearing their end in terms of popularity with the masses, whilst some are continuously fighting each other over leadership positions,” Kauandenge explained, adding that if people form political parties for their own benefit irrespective of what the people on the ground demand, Namibia will end up with a “mushrooming of political parties”.
He stated that it is time for the opposition parties to join forces, adding that it does not help to “exist in isolation”.
“The recent experience of Zambia where the current president in that country, Michael Sata defeated Rupiah Banda in the election was through opposition parties joining forces,” he indicated.
Meanwhile, Kauandenge explained that the MoU is purely a working relationship agreement and both PDM and NDP will “retain their independent identities” and continue to exist as separate entities.
“No party will interfere in the internal affairs of the other party,” he stressed.
Kauandenge also stated that his party will visit the Caprivi Region soon as the two parties are working together to re-organise their members on the ground.
“The agreement will be for a period of two years and will be extended in 2014. During elections we will bring our votes together in order to secure seats in Parliament,” he added.
On his part, NDP president Lukato said they have created the platform to work together as a team, and reiterated that the two parties will continue to exist as separate entities.
“We are merely signing an MoU to cooperate with one another and help re-organise our parties throughout the country,” Lukato said.