Henk Mudge withdraws from presidential race, throws weight behind Itula

Henk Mudge withdraws from presidential race, throws weight behind Itula

Republican Party (RP) president Henk Mudge has withdrawn from the presidential race and thrown his weight behind the independent candidate Dr Panduleni Itula.
During a media briefing in Windhoek Thursday morning, Mudge said this is the only way to bring change to the country's leadership and called on all opposition parties and Namibians, in general, to vote for Dr Itula as president of the country.
He said he has already notified the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) about his action on Monday and argued that his name should be removed from the ballot papers.
The RP leader accused what he termed as "the Harambee and its Chinese friends of having looted" the country out of billions of dollars, hence the current economic crisis.
At the same time, he blamed selfishness on the part of opposition parties for the failure to form a coalition and have a united front against Swapo, saying even if the governing party wins the elections, the president must not be the Swapo candidate.
He further complained about the electronic voting machines (EVMs) saying they are meant to ensure victory for the ruling party since they are, according to him, easy to manipulate.
Mudge further says his party will take the EVM matter to court for next year's regional and local government elections.
He further promised to take the long-running issue of the former SWATF and Koevoet soldiers to court next year to be recognised as veterans, saying these former fighters have been suffering for too long.