Otjozondjupa bid farewell to Nuuyoma

07 May 2015 11:20am
OTJIWARONGO, 07 MAY (NAMPA) – Several regional and local authority councillors on Wednesday described former Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Samuel Nuuyoma as a magnificent public servant.
Nuuyoma, 64, served the Otjozondjupa Region as governor since December 2012 until April this year when he was replaced by Otto Ipinge.
“He called a spade a spade when he addressed us, he was a magnificent public servant and the first governor to serve in so many regions around the country,” said Okakarara Constituency Councillor, Vetaruhe Kandorozu.
He was speaking at a farewell dinner for Nuuyoma at a local hotel in Otjiwarongo on Wednesday evening.
Nuuyoma served as Swakopmund mayor in 1998, before being elected regional councillor in 1999 and subsequently Governor for the Erongo Region until December 2010, when he was transferred in a reshuffle by former President Hifikepunye Pohamba to the Khomas Region.
In December 2012, Nuuyoma was again transferred from Khomas to the Otjozondjupa Region in the same position of governor.
Kandorozu said Nuuyoma is a wise man and thus the Otjozondjupa regional leadership must make use of him to motivate school learners and the public.
Otjiwarongo mayor, Hilde Jesaja said for her to meet and being able to work with Nuuyoma in person was a great pleasure in her life time.
“You preached unity to us and you have been a unifier in this region. Comrade governor we still need your advice. When you are passing by Otjiwarongo going east, north or south, make time to greet us,” Jesaja asked emotionally.
Several other leaders, including the mayors of Otavi and Grootfontein, also praised Nuuyoma for his great leadership, guidance and political maturity demonstrated during his tenure as Otjozondjupa governor.
The Otjozondjupa Namibian Police Regional Commander, Commissioner Joseph Anghuwo and Chief of the Kambazembi Traditional Authority, Chief Sam Kambazembi also heaped praises on Nuuyoma’s quality leadership and vision he had for the region.
On her part, the Otjozondjupa Chief Regional Officer, Jeaneth Kuhanga said it was a good feeling to bid farewell to a gentleman, a warrior of admiration and source of wisdom.
She then wished Nuuyoma more years to live, successes and prosperity in all his endeavours.
Meanwhile, Ipinge and some renowned Swapo-Party political figures in the region were not present at the farewell dinner.
No apologies were announced in their absence. Ipinge was listed on the programme as one of the speakers at the event organised by the Otjozondjupa Regional Council.
Several local corporate companies presented Nuuyoma with gifts.