WINDHOEK, 01 DEC (NAMPA) - Councillor Muesee Kazapua was on Monday elected as the new mayor of Windhoek for the year 2014/15. Kazapua will be deputised by councillor Mwadhina Veico. Councillors Moses Shiikwa, John Shikongo, Elaine Trepper, John Moonde and Fransina Kahungu were re-election on Monday, and will continue to serve the City for another year. Kazapua replaced Agnes Kafula, who served as City of Windhoek (CoW) mayor for two consecutive years. Veico substituted Kazapua, who also served the council for two years as deputy mayor.
Prieska Kahuure of the National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) was sworn in as a councillor, replacing NUDO's Benestus Kandudu who resigned in October this year. In his acceptance speech, Kazapua said the entire leadership of the CoW should be driven by a commitment to address ?bread and butter? issues. He added that their agenda should also tackle the improvement of the living conditions of residents in informal settlements through provision of potable water, sanitation, electricity, housing and job creation.
"We are mindful of the acute shortage of service land and vow to fast-track land delivery projects for residential and commercial development, thereby complimenting and embracing Government?s efforts on mass housing," he stressed.
Kazapua noted that council is aware of the challenges and will continue to forge ahead with its programmes on poverty reduction and sustainable development. These challenges, he added, include particularly rapid urbanization, land delivery, shortage of housing and the ever-increasing percentage of households who cannot afford to pay but who depend on municipal basic services for a better quality of life. Notwithstanding the many challenges, the CoW, in collaboration with central government, is working around the clock towards better housing for all, he stressed, saying that this is evidenced by the ongoing mass housing initiative project, which is led by the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development. Added Kazapua: "As a City, we are therefore encouraged by this move as it seeks to answer the calls for better housing from our residents." (NAMPA) EK/ND