STATEMENT BY THE OUTGOING MAYOR OF THE CITY OF WINDHOEK, HER WORSHIP CLLR. AGNES MPINGANA KAFULA ON THE OCCASION OF THE ELECTIONS OF OFFICE BEARERS 2015 AND TABLING OF THE MAYORAL ANNUAL REPORT 2014
It is an honour and privilege to stand before you and present the Mayoral Annual Report 2014 and also bid farewell to all of you in attendance here; and indeed to all the residents of Windhoek, as my term of Office as the Mayor of the City of Windhoek, comes to end.
Before, dwelling on my speech of this ceremony, let me make use of this opportunity to congratulate Namibians for the peaceful and orderly National Assembly and Presidential Elections held on Friday, 28 November 2014. We have again demonstrated to the World that we are a nation at peace and living the spirit of Namibia under the banner of our motto, One Namibia, One Nation”.
On a similar note, I would like to congratulate, my party, the SWAPO Party, and our Presidential Candidate Comrade Hage Geingob, for the overwhelming performance we have made in winning these elections.
I would also like to welcome, our guests of honour, Comrade Maj. Gen. (rtd) Charles Namoloh, Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development and Comrade Laura McLeod-Katjirua, Governor of the Khomas Region.
Director of Ceremonies,
It is nearly a decade when my colleagues and I were democratically elected to the Council of Windhoek in 14 May 2004. It was also during that period when I was elected as a Member of the Management Committee and subsequently the Mayor of this great City in December 2012. Today the 1st December 2014, I will hand over the whim of this City to the Mayor elect, Cde Muesee Kazapua, later in our program.
It has been an honour for me to have served the City of Windhoek and its entire people both as Mayor and a Councillor since we were first took office in 2004.
I am grateful to have been accorded an opportunity to lead a team of committed people in the implementation of community projects that has managed to the greater extent; address poverty and enhanced the improvement in the quality of life of all our people. The implemented community projects for 2014 are summarized in the Mayoral Annual Report that I will table before this August House later in our program.
I must acknowledge that during my tenure, I was privileged, to have met a tremendous amount of hard working people, working for the betterment of the communities of Windhoek.
I have also had the opportunity to attend many events local and international; and met so many people who have today impacted on my life – it has been a real honour for me.
Yet, it was also a demanding role with many responsibilities. And like anyone, there were a number of highs and lows.
My sincere thanks and appreciation goes to the SWAPO Party for the trust, support and confidence; they have placed in me to lead Windhoek for two consecutive term of office. Equally, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to you Comrade Minister, for the support and keen interest in the development our municipalities, Towns and Villages.
Comrade McLeod-Katjirua, I must admit that I have enjoyed your support, cooperation and advice in many community projects; as we strive together to improve the quality of life our people. It was indeed a pleasure working with you.
Equally let me also thank Alderpersons and fellow Councillors including those not here today, either retired or passed on; for their contribution to the development of Windhoek.
I would further like to commend the management and staff of the City of Windhoek, who under the guidance of the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Niilo Taapopi, remained poised to providing operational policy directives and ensuring that governance at the City of Windhoek is accountable and in line with business ethics and statutory requirements.
At this juncture, allow me also, to use this opportunity to thank my family for their support and sacrifices that they have made towards my public responsibilities; in some instances when they needed me at home.
A special thanks to my staff, in the Office of the Mayor- thank you very much for the dedication you have displayed and the administrative support that you have rendered to this Office- managing the mayor and councillors programs, compiling various mayoral reports, providing protocol advice and managing the city’s inter-governmental and foreign relations.
To the residents of Windhoek, it has indeed been a pleasure to work together in the interest of our beautiful City.
It was an exciting period of personal enhancement and an incredible learning experience for me. I have met many new friends and had the opportunity to represent the greater diverse communities of Windhoek. However, I must also inform you that I will remain part of Council until my next national assignment is announced next year.
Comrade Minister, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Allow me now to table the Mayoral Annual Report 2014. The Mayor's Annual Report is a reflection of the serving Mayor’s performance; being the political head of council under the period in review and a demonstration of accountable governance. The report describes delivery against key initiatives and statutory indicators during the year in review. It also outlines the administrations’ plans for improving the quality of life of our communities; and ensuring that they get better value for their money in the coming years.
The Mayoral Annual Report is also a source of valuable public information detailing the powers and duties of the Mayor and structure of Council.
This is very important because from the reports carried by the print and social media during the past weeks, we were reminded that we need to do more in creating awareness on municipal policies and provisions of the local authority Act 23 of 1992, amongst our clients. I therefore urge our residents to make use of these sources of information in order to understand the environment within which municipal councils operate.
Equally, Comrade Minister, I also wish to appeal to our line Ministry to finalize the Local Authority Reform Paper that was submitted by ALAN with the purpose to repeal or amend the current Local Authority Act.
As recorded in the report; the year under review has been a period of socio-economic and political challenges, during which we have met difficulties on delivering on key priorities, such as land delivery and housing. These challenges are exacerbated by lack of adequate financial resources and rapid urbanization.
Nonetheless, as recorded in this report, we have also managed to deliver on many important priorities, to mention, but a few:
· Tarring of roads in the informal areas,
· Opening of the New Ujams Waste Water Reclamation Plant,
· Construction of the Nathanael Maxuilili Community Library,
· Purchase of a new fleet of Waste Collection Vehicles;
· Provision of Electricity to informal areas,
· Enhanced Mayoral Outreach programs
· Provision of Potable water in various informal areas
· Servicing of the Mass Housing land in Otjomuise Ext. 10 and many other community projects.
Although the report may not account for every detail of the activities carried out during the year, I hope it will provide an insight into Council’s developmental effort. The brief contained in this report is a vivid testament; to the potential improvement of the quality of life of Windhoek residents, visitors alike.
In conclusion allow me to make use of this opportunity to wish my successor and this Council wisdom and endurance. We should continue to promote unity in diversity and live by our motto, Windhoek the City of Many Faces. If we can do just that, my days will be filled with contentment; to the extent that hands are joined across social divides of Windhoek; to give effect to that common humanity; in whose name we have together made the long walk to where we are today.
I thank you.