No final decision yet on !Nami#nûs: Ndjaleka

25 Feb 2015 14:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 25 FEB (NAMPA) – The Lüderitz mayor has extended a shred of hope to residents at the coastal town, saying no final decision has been taken on the proposed name change from Lüderitz to !Nami#nûs.
“No final decision has been taken as the consultation process is still underway,” said Suzan Ndjaleka on Tuesday in response to questions emailed to her by Nampa.
On Monday, a national newspaper reported that the mayor emphasised that the town council’s decision to effect the name-change was final and that nothing would reverse the decision.
The name-change proposal was made in 2009 already.
“It did not start with President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s announcement in 2013. The !Aman Traditional Authority submitted the request to the previous council as far back as 2009,” Ndjaleka told this agency.
Asked if a petition by residents or calls for a referendum would make any difference, she said: “Every comment or opinion on the matter that is brought to us will be documented and submitted to the line ministry (Local Government, Housing and Rural Development)”.
Ndjaleka said in a democracy, individuals are free and have the right to express themselves.
She urged the public to remain calm and cooperative, saying “there will always be two sides to a coin”.
The council appealed to the public to be very cautious with information they feed themselves with regards to the name-change.
“Do not fall victim to influences that may be politically motivated,” she said.
Ndjaleka said the collective interest of the council was to carry the process through to its finalisation whether it gets approved or not.