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RDP Hails Local Mr Gay

in NAMIBIA, 30/11/2011

Namibia'S official opposition party, the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), has hailed one of its members who walked away with the first-ever Mr Gay Namibia crown over the weekend.

 Wendelinus Hamutenya (29) was chosen as the official representative of the LBGTI (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and intersex) community at a colourful event in Windhoek on Saturday.

Upon enquiry, Nghiningiluanudo Kashume, the RDP deputy secretary for information and publicity, yesterday praised Hamutenya as "one of those free citizens who prescribe to the RDP political programme and its constitution".

According to Kashume, the opposition party welcomes and appreciates members "on the basis of equality and respect".

He added that the "RDP is made up of members and supporters attracted to its political programme and constitution. Such association is based on a free and voluntary basis."

Hamutenya was an RDP candidate for Windhoek during last year's local authority elections.

Upon enquiry, Norman Tjombe, a local human rights lawyer, said: "The recent Mr Gay event in Namibia is testimony to the fact that people of different sexual orientations can live alongside each other in complete harmony and be tolerated in the differences.

People of different sexual orientations other than what is considered the mainstream are increasingly being tolerated to express themselves in a manner they choose."

According to him, "this is what is demanded by our Constitution a society where the rights of all are respected and protected. A society that is compassionate and passionate about the next person."

Tjombe added: "It shows that gays and lesbians have never been the problem, but only some bigots who stir up emotions to divert attention away from the real problems of this country poverty, unemployment and lack of delivery of the most basic things likes housing, health, education, and jobs."

Hamutenya, a personal financial consultant, emerged as the victor out of five contestants at the GZ Foundation hall.

Herman Feddersen was chosen as the first runner-up, while Ryno du Plessis ended third. Mr Gay World 2010 from South Africa, Charl van den Berg, also attended the event.

Hamutenya is expected to represent Namibia at the Mr Gay World pageant held in South Africa next year.

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