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New UIF leader sworn in

By unknown | Oct 18, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

The Limpopo legislature has finally sworn in another person to replace Ike Kekana, former leader of the United Independent Front.

The decision follows a letter written by the UIF advising the legislature that the party had parted ways with Kekana.

This after Kekana had left the party to form the New Vision Party (NVP).

It was registered on September 3, two days after the opening of the floor-crossing window period.

This is a period, which allows politicians to defect to other parties without losing their legislature seats. Kekana's move was challenged by the UIF, led by Neville Hendricks.

The bone of contention was that Kekana had already been fired at the time he went to register the new party and should, therefore, be relieved of his legislature seat.

Kekana was replaced with Alpheus Makobe, UIF provincial chairman, who is also the party's national organiser.

During his swearing in this week, Makobe, 40, immediately unveiled his seven-year plan to take the party to a higher level. He said he was going to make the UIF the official opposition in the provincial legislature in the 2009 general elections.

"We are aware of rumours doing the rounds that Ike Kekana took along some members when he left the UIF. That's totally untrue," said Makobe.

Legislature spokesman Kenny Mathivha said: "As far as we are concerned, we have closed Kekana's chapter."


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