Walvis Bay Urban constituency councillor, Knowledge Ipinge, who has already slammed Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) president, Dr Panduleni Itula for hypocrisy, has further told Eagle FM that he used his name without consent to get signatures to form his party.
This, as the ball, gets rolling for the creation of political marriages ahead of much anticipated November 2020 regional council and local authority polls.
While Itula has denied this, Ipinge said various political players including the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) had agreed to create a neutral umbrella organization from which contenders would vie for positions in the upcoming polls.
Despite this, Ipinge disclosed that Itula broke ranks and set his path towards the creation of a political party.
The outspoken councillor said it was “a slap in the face” for Dr Itula to deny that he used his name to get signatures so his party may be formed adding that he was disregarding “people that made him popular”.
But it is the IPC constitutional provision that forestalls the rise of an independent candidate from within should anyone object to the party’s sole candidate, which this week saw Ipinge firing a salvo at Itula.
With the former independent candidate turned party leader and the independent politician thus seemingly on a collision course, what is clear is that Ipinge is juggling options of either allying with the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) or the Landless People’s Movement (LPM).
The latter in the past November polls had indicated throwing its weight behind Ipinge who told Eagle FM, “These parties have not fielded candidates to run against me”.
Ipinge’s alliance with AR also seems to be on the uncertain territory as he as declared that the activist-led black Fanonian outfit has decided to run for LA polls and not regional council polls, the later of which Ipinge is contesting in.
He has told Eagle FM that he is not an AR member but that he subscribes to their political ideology.