Opposition parties in courts running on borrowed time?
Opposition parties locked in court battles due to internal wrangles over leadership and administration have raised thumps up over their ability to run smooth campaigns as the year ushers in the election season.
The Nudo party which tore into two warring factions before and after a heavily disputed congress seems to be running on borrowed time as it is not clear who is in charge.
The Workers Revolutionary Party is also not in good books with its members in parliament over finances.
However, for Nudo, rival faction leader, Vetaruhe Kandorozu exclusively told this publication that there is a possibility of reaching an out of court settlement before March this year in order to gear up for campaigning.
“We have behind the scene discussions on how we can come together. So I think very soon we will come out publicly. But as we speak right now there is not much development but our projection is that come the 18th of March, that was supposed to be the court day, it may not happen. We are positive that both parties will agree,” he said.
Kandorozu said this points to a huge possibility of running another congress that will install a party leadership slate although there were budgetary concerns.
Kandorozu came to a head on with equally charismatic social activist cum politician Ester Muinjangue who have both discredited each other as far as who is the rightful leader of the party is concerned.
The Nudo executive committee responded by suspending Muinjangue and her faction culminating into a long drawn out legal battle that remains unresolved.
There was also an attempt by factional big-wig, councilor Josef Kauandenge to broker negotiations with Muinjangue as president but that seemed to hit a brick wall.
“Our personal comforts and our aspirations for top positions within Nudo should not derail the proud history of Nudo,” The Villager quoted him as saying last year.
The Workers Revolutionary Party is also battling administration issues and has approached the courts in order to stop an alleged siphoning of monies from it by a rogue account.
The feud has tipped Hewart Beukes against fellow party comrades who were in parliament on the party’s ticket but have since been unsuccessfully withdrawn.
But Beukes said his fight was with the speaker of parliament Peter Katjavivi and finance minister, Calle Schlettwein and insisted that the party was not divided.
He said there was no chance for any settlement outside the courtroom.
"Why would we do that? The newspapers know exactly if they want to find out about the party registration they go to the ECN. Why would the newspapers try to make it a dispute? Go to the ECN and find out who is registered,” he said.
As far as Beukes is concerned, the Marxist party’s house is in order and he slammed the media for projecting the image of a faltering party.
“You know I don’t like your reporting, the last time you reported nonsense about the party infighting, what infighting is there?” he slammed.