PDM requests removal of two UPM parliamentarians

The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) has submitted a request to National Assembly speaker, Peter Katjavivi, seeking the removal of two parliamentarians of the United People’s Movement (UPM).

The targeted individuals are UPM president Jan van Wyk and Frans Bertolini.

PDM secretary general, Manuel Ngaringombe, made the request in a letter on Monday.

Ngaringombe said the two should be removed due to UPM’s alliance with the National Empowerment Fighting Corruption (NEFC) party and their public endorsement of independent presidential candidate, Ally Angula.

Last week, it was reported that UPM, civic organisations KG Namibia and Youth Power, and NEFC launched an alliance in support of Angula for the November elections.

According to Ngaringombe, that is in violation of the established memorandum of understanding between the UPM and PDM signed in 2019.

Ngaringombe said the agreement, signed between UPM and PDM on 28 August 2019, remains in effect until March 2025.

Ngaringombe characterised UPM’s actions as an “egregious violation” of the memorandum between PDM and UPM.

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