Parliamentarian and Secretary General of the warring NUDO party, Meundju Jahanika successfully filed an urgent court application in the Windhoek High Court challenging the legitimacy of Ester Muinjangue and her faction as legitimate leaders of the party.
This is a technical win for the NUDO big wig whose application had been disputed by Muinjangue who came out to declare herself winner after a heavily contested May 26th congress held recently at Greiter Centre.
Jahanika together with Asser Mbai (party president), Hariki Maundu, Vetaruhe Kandorozu (presidential aspirant), Eunice Kaijere want the congress to be declared null and void (and devoid of any consequences) for want of compliance with the Constitution of the party.
They also want any other purported outcomes that may have arisen as a consequence of the purported congress to be declared null and void.
They are also seeking a court order to restrain and ban Muinjangue and her faction from passing off and or conducting themselves as office bearers in terms of the NUDO constitution or otherwise on account of the purported elections held on 26 May 2018.
Jahanika also wants Muinjangue and crew to stay off the party’s head office situated at Erf No. 1881, Clemence Kapuuo Street, Katutura here in Windhoek as well as to vacate and restore to them possession and control to NUDO's boardroom.
This comes shortly before Joseph Kauandenge, who has passed himself as the legitimate SG of the party under a Muinjangue leadership, told The Villager that they were opening negotiations to bring normalcy in the party.
However, his pleas for both parties to come to the negotiating table with Muinjangue having an upper hand were ignored by Jahanika and crew sighting the fundamental differences they have.
The beginning of the court process will likely hamstring Mbai’s hopes that another congress could be held within three months while a court hearing is likely to start in August.
Speaking to The Villager last week, Kandorozu, who is vying for power within the party, celebrated the technical win with much confidence and said they will begin publication of Part B of the Notice of Motion of their application just in case interested parties would want to be a part of the court procedure as respondents.
Half way along 2018 and still grappling in court, NUDO has the task to put down fires in its yard and deliver a credible congress that will bring a legitimate leadership before national elections.
Meanwhile the matter has been postponed to the 1st of August at 08h30 for case management while respondents and intervening persons, who have direct and substantial interest in the relief sought in this application and who wish to opposed this application are directed to file their opposing papers on or before 1 August 2018.
The Electoral Commission of Namibia has been named 15th respondent in the matter with others being Ester Muinjangue, Peter Kazongominja, Kapukatua Kuvare, Joseph Kauandenge, Joseph Uapingene, Fanuel Haukambe, Nokokure Veii, Daniel Maekopo, Uahimisa Kaapehi, Vincent Kahua, Kavendjii Tjahuha, Vetondisa Tjijenda and Ruth Kanguatjivi.