08 May 2014 16:10pm
NKURENKURU, 08 MAY (NAMPA) Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Minister Charles Namoloh has directed the Kavango Regional Council to rally fully behind its two new regional councils.
Speaking during the official welcoming of the newly-appointed Kavango West Regional governor Sirkka Ausiku at Nkurenkuru on Wednesday, the minister said the council should assist Ausiku and Kavango East governor Samuel Mbambo with administrative matters, such as the recruitment of personnel, budgeting and the construction of offices.
The Kavango Regional Council was told to also ensure that come 2015, the Kavango East and Kavango West Regions have fully-functional councils, and that the necessary infrastructure and equipment are in place for them to perform their duties.
The Fourth Delimitation Commission of Namibia - responsible for making recommendations on the country's administrative divisions - suggested in August 2013 that the Kavango Region be split into two, bringing the number of political regions in the country to 14.
No regional councils have, however, been established for the two regions yet, and Mbambo served as governor for both until Ausiku officially took up her duties yesterday.
Namoloh furthermore indicated that the Kavango Regional Council shall continue to exercise its powers, duties and functions in terms of the relevant Acts until next year's local authority elections.
The minister revealed that a budgetary provision of N.dollars 49.6 million has been availed for the construction of constituency offices for the Kavango West Region and the Kavango West Regional Council office.
The Kavango West Regional Council office will be situated at the town of Nkurenkuru, which will also be the regional capital of the new region.
He explained that his ministry has also allocated over N.dollars 18 million for the new regions operational budget for the 2014/15 financial year, and called on residents as well as traditional and church leaders to give the new governor the support she needs.
The minister then reminded the residents that governors are national leaders, and should not be seen as belonging to a certain political party.
They are appointed as representatives of central government to deal with regional issues which are destined to harness, develop and bring in the necessary development for the people of the region they serve, explained Namoloh.
He also reminded those in attendance that Nkurenkuru is the regional capital of the Kavango West region, and concerted efforts should thus be made to change its face in coming years.