CoD’s Ben Ulenga to sue ‘rebel’ MPs

CoD’s Ben Ulenga to sue ‘rebel’ MPs

THE resignation of Ignatius Shixwameni from the Congress of Democrats (CoD) opposition party on Sunday was a “blatant lie,” since he had been expelled months ago already, the faction under party president Ben Ulenga says.

It also announced that it planned to sue Shixwameni and Member of Parliament Nora Schiming-Chase for “unlawfully” spending the party’s money. “CoD has noted with concern media reports about the purported ‘recent’ resignation of one Ignatius Shixwameni from the party.He pretends to have been a member of the CoD, but was expelled from the Party already six months ago, together with five others, since August 11 2007.That Shixwameni has resigned recently from the CoD is therefore unfounded and a blatant lie,” Ulenga spokesperson Natjirikasorua Tjirera said in a statement late on Wednesday.”Shixwameni, together with Nora Schimming-Chase have further unlawfully diverted about N$260 000 belonging to CoD, and have expended it for their own personal/private and unknown use and interests,” Tjirera alleged.”CoD has on December 14 2007 sued both Shixwameni and Schimming-Chase in the High Court of Namibia, for full and complete accounting and unconditional pay-back of the whole above amount.”Shixwameni and five others were expelled in August after rebellious and mutinous behaviour on their part.Both before and since their expulsion these expelled former members have reverted to desperate measures to tarnish the CoD’s name, including the so-called ‘suspension’ of the party’s elected leadership and a pending High Court case against CoD.”Shixwameni and 21 others resigned from the CoD last Sunday in a surprise move.He did not accept the re-election of Ulenga as party president at a controversial CoD congress held at Keetmanshoop in May this year.Shixwameni, who lost by 14 votes against Ulenga, walked out with about half the delegates and since then both factions have claimed to be the majority group.Shixwameni’s group took the matter to the High Court, claiming the Keetmanshoop elections were rigged.The case is to be heard on January 28.Since Keetmanshoop, Shixwameni had “revolted against the party and its democratically elected leadership by organising illegitimate parallel national structures against CoD structures, and by attempting to usurp the national leadership of the party,” Ulenga spokesperson Tjirera said.Neither Schimming-Chase nor Shixwameni could be reached for comment, but Kala Gertze of the CoD ‘rebel’ faction said no party money had been misused.”The matter is to be heard in the High Court on January 25, so I cannot make a comment,” Gertze told The Namibian yesterday.”CoD has noted with concern media reports about the purported ‘recent’ resignation of one Ignatius Shixwameni from the party.He pretends to have been a member of the CoD, but was expelled from the Party already six months ago, together with five others, since August 11 2007.That Shixwameni has resigned recently from the CoD is therefore unfounded and a blatant lie,” Ulenga spokesperson Natjirikasorua Tjirera said in a statement late on Wednesday.”Shixwameni, together with Nora Schimming-Chase have further unlawfully diverted about N$260 000 belonging to CoD, and have expended it for their own personal/private and unknown use and interests,” Tjirera alleged.”CoD has on December 14 2007 sued both Shixwameni and Schimming-Chase in the High Court of Namibia, for full and complete accounting and unconditional pay-back of the whole above amount.”Shixwameni and five others were expelled in August after rebellious and mutinous behaviour on their part.Both before and since their expulsion these expelled former members have reverted to desperate measures to tarnish the CoD’s name, including the so-called ‘suspension’ of the party’s elected leadership and a pending High Court case against CoD.”Shixwameni and 21 others resigned from the CoD last Sunday in a surprise move.He did not accept the re-election of Ulenga as party president at a controversial CoD congress held at Keetmanshoop in May this year.Shixwameni, who lost by 14 votes against Ulenga, walked out with about half the delegates and since then both factions have claimed to be the majority group.Shixwameni’s group took the matter to the High Court, claiming the Keetmanshoop elections were rigged.The case is to be heard on January 28.Since Keetmanshoop, Shixwameni had “revolted against the party and its democratically elected leadership by organising illegitimate parallel national structures against CoD structures, and by attempting to usurp the national leadership of the party,” Ulenga spokesperson Tjirera said.Neither Schimming-Chase nor Shixwameni could be reached for comment, but Kala Gertze of the CoD ‘rebel’ faction said no party money had been misused.”The matter is to be heard in the High Court on January 25, so I cannot make a comment,” Gertze told The Namibian yesterday.

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