WINDHOEK: The leadership of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) lifted the suspension of three of the party’s leaders on Thursday.
The suspended leaders – Mirjam Hamutenya, Peter Naholo and Kandy Nehova – were also reinstated in their respective positions within the opposition party.
On Friday morning Windhoek-based lawyer Jens Roland, who represented the three suspended leaders, approached the Windhoek High Court with a request for the removal of the urgent application on the legal challenge over the suspensions, after the party’s top leadership took a decision to lift the suspensions.
The three were allegedly suspended over the botched demonstrations by the party held at the Supreme Court and Parliament Gardens here last month.
The suspensions emanated from a heated dispute amongst the leadership over plans to stage the protest, which demanded a speedy court judgment on the RDP’s legal challenge over the 2009 national election results.
At the time, the party’s top leadership suspended the three leaders for allegedly “creating and encouraging factions and divisions within the RDP”.
“As per agreement reached between the RDP’s top leadership and the three suspended senior party leaders, the urgent application on the legal challenge over the suspension against the party (RDP) will no longer go ahead. In the process, the three applicants in this case have also subsequently decided to withdraw the case against the party following the lifting of the suspension,” Roland explained as he asked presiding High Court Judge Kato van Niekerk for the immediate removal of his clients’ legal challenge from the court roll.
Judge Van Niekerk then ordered the removal of the urgent application from the High Court roll.