|Cde Jeremia Nambinga
Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP)
|Cde Steve Bezuidenhout, MP
Vice President of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP)
RPD Member of National Assembly
Fifth Parliament (2010 – 2015) and Sixth Parliament (2015 – 2020)
|Comrade Jeremia Nambinga born on 13 December 1946 at Okadiva in Ohangwena Region, is a Namibian politician and businessperson. Cde Nambinga is one of the founding members of the Rally for democracy and Progress (RDP) since its formation.
He became the President of the RDP in July 2015. In addition as a former long serving member of the SWAPO of Namibia, he was SWAPO Secretary for Information and Publicity Windhoek branch from 1976-1977.
He was also instrumental in forming the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) in 1977 in the same year he was elected as the Deputy Chairman for SWAPO of Namibia for the Windhoek branch until 1989. While serving as Deputy Chairman, he was arrested and detained for nine (9) months in 1979-1980.
In 1989-1990, he became the coordinator of the SWAPO of Namibia Sub Centre for Khomas Region during the UN supervised elections. After Independence, he was elected with acclamation as Chairman for the Central Region which at that time comprised of Windhoek, Okahandja and Rehoboth in 1990-1991.
Later that year in 1991, he became a member of the Central Committee of SWAPO of Namibia and SWAPO Secretary for Labour until 1994.
While serving as a member of SWAPO of Namibia Central Committee, in 1992, he was appointed and assigned to Otjozondupa Region as one of the National Leaders responsible for political organisation and mobilisation until 1994.
In 1994, Cde Nambinga became a Member of Parliament, National Assembly. In 1995, he was appointed as a Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and served in this portfolio from 1995-1999. In 2000, he was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Correctional Services as well as SWAPO Deputy Secretary for Defence until 2004. He resigned as a Parliamentarian early 2008 and publicly announced his membership of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), of which he is the founding member and current President.
|Cde Steve Bezuidenhout (born on 3rd June 1957 in Keetmanshoop, //Kharas Region), is a Namibian politician. He is married and a family man. He joined SWAPO Party in 1989, and was active in SWAPO Party, //Karas Region until he joined the Rally for Democracy and Progress, as a Founding Member on 17 November 2007.
Cde Bezuidenhout was elected as the First Vice President of the RDP at the First National Convention on 7th December 2008. Cde Bezuidenhout was elected unanimously as the Vice President at the First Ordinary National Convention.
In September 2010, Cde Bezuidenhout and seven other RDP Members were sworn in as Members of the National Assembly, following six months boycott of taking up seats due to electoral irregularities and High Court and Supreme Court legal challenges, initiated by the RDP and other political opposition parties.
As a Parliamentarian, Cde Bezuidenhout serves on various Standing Committees and is the RDP’s Chief Whip. These Standing Committees are: Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Information Communication and Innovation Standing Committee, Standing Committee on Rules and Orders, and Standing Committee on Privileges.
Cde Bezuidenhout matriculated at Marianum Seminary (1974), studied Philosophy and Theology at Joseph’s Seminary, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and St John Vianney Seminary, Pretoria, South Africa from 1975 to 1978. However, Cde Bezuidenhout did not sit for the final examinations in Rome (Italy) because he could not secure travel documents.
Professionally, Cde Bezuidenhout worked for Barclays Bank Ltd, later First National Bank (Pty Ltd), stationed at various places, such as Usakos, Omaruru, Otjiwarongo and Windhoek, from 1979 to 1991. He also worked at Telecom Namibia, Keetmanshoop, and at Telecom Namibia at its Headquarters, Windhoek from 1994 to 2010.
Cde Bezuidenhout general interest covers Information Technology, Design and Development of mobile applications in the area of information technology.