ACCEPTANCE SPEECH BY HIS WORSHIP CLLR MUESEE KAZAPUA, THE MAYOR-ELECT OF THE CITY OF WINDHOEK, AT THE OCCASION OF THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE OFFICE BEARERS 2015

December 2, 2014, 11:34am

ACCEPTANCE SPEECH BY HIS WORSHIP CLLR MUESEE KAZAPUA, THE MAYOR-ELECT OF THE CITY OF WINDHOEK, AT THE OCCASION OF THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE OFFFICE BEARERS 2015

Good afternoon,

I am extremely honoured to have been elected as the Mayor of the City Windhoek, and to accept the responsibilities that your trust has entitled me to. It is with great humility that I thank my party; the SWAPO Party and my colleagues the Alderpersons and fellow Councillors for the confidence and honour bestowed upon me.

I have no doubt that this day marks a landmark in our collective endeavour; towards advancing the socio-political programmes as enshrined in our SWAPO Party Manifesto; aimed at bringing serious changes in the lives of our communities. To us this day, should reflect a commitment to grapple against one of the greatest difficulty that our people face; which is municipal service delivery to all.

Allow me to extend a special word of congratulation to the office bearers-elect, being my Deputy, Comrade Hangapo Veico and the five members of the Management Committee. Our responsibility is an essential element of our system of democratic local governance, because it ought to provide a continuous link between council and the electorate. In accepting this responsibility, unity and cohesion of the local communities should occupy the central part of our Council agenda. 

Director of Ceremonies, Hon Deputy Minister,

It becomes important that we should all agree that in the past 24 years of our independence, we have learned enough- we have discovered ourselves and the environment within which our leadership has to be provided. Clearly, it becomes apparent that commitment by all of us to work is essential; and the highest level of political morality; remains an area of great need and priority.

 

I accept this task today with an enduring faith in the future of the City of Windhoek. This faith gives me courage to face the uncertainties of the future of local government in general, and Windhoek in particular.

 

In nurturing unity of purpose, I want to express, my willingness to work together with all political parties represented in this Council, our diverse communities and developmental stakeholders.  This will enable us to find workable solutions for the diverse range of developmental challenges facing Windhoek as we move towards achieving our vision of  “Enhancing the quality of Life of all our People”.

 

Hon Deputy Minister, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Windhoek is the largest and most diverse city in the country, and the economic and cultural hub of Namibia. It also plays a pivotal role in the direction our nation will grow in the future. Our leadership agenda should therefore be driven by a commitment to address issues of bread and butter; and improvement of living conditions in the informal settlements through provision of potable water, sanitation, electricity, housing and job creation. We are mindful of the acute shortage of serviced land and vow to fast track land delivery projects for residential and commercial development, whereby complimenting and embracing Government efforts on mass housing.

 

Director of Ceremonies

None of us in this Council underestimates the enormous developmental challenges facing Windhoek. In particular, 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. We are mindful of these challenges, and will continue to forge ahead with our programs on poverty reduction, and sustainable development.

Notwithstanding the many challenges, the City of Windhoek, in collaboration with central Government, is working around the clock, towards a better housing for all. This is evidenced by the on-going Mass Housing Initiative Project, which is led by the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development. As a City, we are therefore encouraged by this move, as it seeks to answer the calls for better housing from our residents.

Similarly, we would like to encourage the line Ministry to expedite the ongoing efforts on the local authority reforms, referred to earlier by my predecessor and hope that this process will be finalized soon. It remains our aim to ensure that basic services are provided to the most impoverished sector of our communities at a subsidized cost, and we will thus continue to count on Government support.

 

Hon Deputy Minister, Alderperson, Honourable Councillors,

We have again today, publicly taken a responsibility as elected office bearers, to lead the people of Windhoek, and hopefully to inspire them with eagerness. We are equally cognisant that their appreciation demands from us a total commitment and hard work. We should thus undertake to enhance our loyalty to the residents of Windhoek, with trust and confidence.

 

We will further have to redouble our efforts to improve the quality of interaction with our residents and clients – whether at the call-centres, or at council offices and community meetings. We will do so guided by the principles of accountability and good governance. It is thus important to emphasise that both management and staff are aware of the fact that they will be held accountable for the quality of service they deliver.

 

In conclusion, allow me on a personal note, to thank the leadership of the SWAPO Party Khomas Regional Executive, for the confidence they expressed in me by nominating me as the Mayoral candidate of the City of Windhoek for the next 12 months.

 

Equally, my appreciation also goes to this Council for their vote of confidence displayed through my election. I will continue to rely on your guidance in our quest to deliver on the promises we have made to the residents of Windhoek, upon taking office. There is a lot of work to be done, and I look forward to sharing it with our policy makers, our able staff, and with the people of Windhoek at different levels.

 

I Thank You.