Ongwediva – Despite delays regarding the opening of its national headquarters in Ongwediva the DTA remains optimistic it will penetrate the voter-rich northern regions that have traditionally been ruling Swapo Party strongholds.
“We have a strategically located office in Ongwediva. We are just waiting for the local authority’s consent to transform the place from a residential to a business property,” the secretary general of the DTA Immanuel Ngaringombe told New Era in an interview on Wednesday.
The office was set to open over the weekend when top party officials were in town for the DTA’s national executive elections.
Ngaringombe said the party wants to specifically move into areas that are densely populated, especially the northern areas where almost 50 percent of the population lives.
“We want to go where the people are and get in touch with the people at the grass-root level. For us there is nothing such as ‘a no go area’. We are going there and we will talk to the Namibian nation,” said Ngaringombe.
He said he would not reveal their strategy, however he said the party is well prepared and has a comprehensive strategy in place.
Ngaringombe said the opening of the office in Ongwediva would not affect the operations of the Windhoek office.
He said the Windhoek office would continue to serve the central regions while the Ongwediva office will serve the northern office.
The top four leadership inclusive of the party president, the national chairperson, and treasurer general, as well as the members of parliament will continue to function from the head office.
However, the secretary general and his deputy as well as other national staff will have an oversight of the office in Ongwediva.
DTA president McHenry Venaani at the national executive committee (NEC) meeting at Oshakati over the weekend appealed to people in the north to show tolerance, respect and maturity to befit a constitutional democracy.
Venaani said his party is not a regional party but a national party that represents the interests of Namibians from all walks of life, in each and every corner in Namibia.
“It is that conviction that will see our head office based in Ongwediva for the next few years. We are happy to bridge the gap – both literally and figuratively – between the party and those who feel disenfranchised by the party,” said Venaani.