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‘Kauandenge forced to abandon Nudo career’ – News

Political analyst Ndumba Kamwanyah believes National Unity Democratic Organization (Nudo) secretary-general Joseph Kauandenge’s decision to withdraw from his bid for the party’s top job was probably forced.

Kauandenge announced yesterday that he would not run for the presidency or any other position at the party’s next elective congress.

Kauandenge was among those running for the party’s top job at its next congress scheduled for July 12-14.

He is expected to clarify his withdrawal at a news conference today.

Barry Rukoro

All key positions, including the secretary position currently held by Kauandenge, will be up for grabs as current party president Esther Muinjangue has also decided not to run for a second term.

At first, Kauandenge was adamant about running for party president.

Last month, he said he would run for president, adding that he does not feel threatened by any other candidate running for party president.

“I have a strong base of support within the party,” Kauandenge told The Namibian last month.

At the time, former Namibia Football Association general secretary Barry Rukoro questioned why Kauandenge was running for the position as the party’s general secretary.

Kauandenge earlier said Rukoro is not a card-carrying member of the party and cannot contest elections for leadership positions.

In response, Rukoro said Kauandenge was facing a conflict of interest and was using his position as secretary-general to oust him from his candidacy for the party presidency.

Ndumba Kamwanyah

Now, Rukoro says Kauandenge’s decision to drop out of the race is “honorable.”

“He is a capable young man who could have helped us rebuild the party and make it much more attractive to the younger generation of voters if he had stayed, but now that he has made that decision, we must all respect it,” Rukoro says. .

He says he hopes to have Kauandenge’s support when the time comes.

“I wish him all the best for the future and hope that the new leadership makes him feel welcome to serve the party in other capacities.

Meanwhile, Nudo supporter Rirua Komeheke, who was also against Kauandenge’s plan to run for president, welcomed the decision.

“Have a good trip. “His team knows he is wrong and has no chance,” he said.

Nudo’s upcoming elective congress is expected to be a heated affair.

Rukoro, party vice-president Peter Kazongomuinja, Windhoek City deputy mayor Joseph Uapingene and former Okakarara constituency councilor Vetaruhe Kandorozu are among those who have made known their intention to run for party president. game.

The person chosen to head the party will automatically enter the ballot as party president for the November 27 presidential and National Assembly elections.

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