07 May 2014 18:10pm
NKURENKURU, 07 MAY (NAMPA) - Dr Samuel Mbambo on Wednesday handed over the reins of the Kavango West Region to Sirkka Ausiku.
Mbambo served as governor of both the Kavango East and West Regions until Ausikus appointment.
Ausiku, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, was recently appointed by President Hifikepunye Pohamba as the founding governor of the newly created Kavango West Region.
Speaking during her official welcoming at Nkurenkuru, Mbambo thanked President Pohamba for giving him the opportunity to serve the two regions and said he appreciated the trust and faith he bestowed on him.
The Kavango East Governor also thanked regional councillors and inhabitants of the Kavango West Region for the cooperation, support and guidance during his year of service to that region.
It was a pleasure having served you, Mbambo said.
He applauded the Head of State for having appointed Ausiku to head Kavango West and stressed that with the growing social changes, where corruption has become the order of the day, Namibia needs a leader who is in love with the people and not wealth.
Namibia needs a leader who can be a servant of the people, a leader with wise judgment, the Kavango East Governor stressed.
Leader of the Mbunza Traditional Authority, Chief Alfons Kaundu who spoke on behalf of other traditional authority leaders in the region, congratulated the government for splitting the Kavango region into two regions.
Kaundu indicated that the idea of splitting the region was not aimed at dividing the people, but to accelerate service delivery to the people.
Chief Kaundu stated that the vast region was previously allocated a single budget and the new development means the two regions will now have two budgets.
The Mbunza Chief called on inhabitants of the region to cooperate with the new Governor so that she can serve the region diligently well, while at the same time also urging them to refrain from tribalism.
Kaundu jokingly told those in attendance that he does not want to be greeted with news that the new governor is admitted in the hospital as a result of those unhappy with her appointment.
He then advised Ausiku to work closely with the traditional leaders and regional and local authority councillors who work closely with people at grassroots level.
At the occasion, former Nkurenkuru mayor Heikki Ausiku Hausiku was introduced as the new Special Advisor to Ausiku.
The event was attended by the Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Charles Namoloh, Oshikoto Governor Penda Yandakoloh and Ohangwena Regional Governor Usko Nghamwaa.