WINDHOEK, 09 JUL – The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) reportedly recruited around 200 new members in the Kunene Region over two days.
The leader of the official opposition, McHenry Venaani told Nampa on Monday more than 80 new members were signed up at Otjokavare village in the Sesfontein Constituency on Sunday.
He said all the members were previously members of Swapo.
Venaani, who is in the Kunene Region on a working visit, promised the new members that his party will, among others, fight corruption and the high rate of unemployment among the youth.
He said the PDM then on Monday welcomed about 120 other members from various political parties in the Opuwo Urban Constituency.
On Saturday, the party commissioned a satellite office at Ongongo village in the Opuwo Rural Constituency, from which PDM’s operations in the region will be launched.
PDM vice president, Kazeongere Tjeundo, who hails from Kunene, told Nampa “the people are starting to see that governments are not permanent and can be replaced”.
“All we made them realise is that they have been putting their cross in the wrong box,” he said.
Most of those who joined the opposition party, according to Tjeundo, are “the youth who are suffering the most” due to a high rate of unemployment in the region.
Approached for comment, political analyst Charles Mubita disputed that such as high number of Swapo members would leave the ruling party for the PDM.
“That is just a song sung by opposition parties when elections are approaching. Swapo has members, supporters and sympathisers and no member of Swapo will leave the party for the opposition. Perhaps supporters of the party, not members,” he concluded.