Harmony between town councillors and executives essential: Klaze

23 Oct 2015 11:20am
OTAVI, 23 OCT (NAMPA) – The Urban and Rural Development Deputy Minister on Thursday called on regional and town councillors across the country to work in harmony with executive officers at their respective institutions.
“I plead for harmony between mayors, regional council chairpersons and their executive officers in order to bring about development to their respective towns and regions,” said Derek Klazen when he officially opened the Otavi Town Council office complex on behalf of line minister Sophia Shaningwa.
The building was constructed with financial support of the said ministry at a cost of N.dollars 12,5 million.
The event was attended by several local and regional councillors, including some chief executive officers (CEOs) from the Otjinene, Windhoek, Otjiwarongo, Outapi and Grootfontein town councils.
Klazen said the envisioned development activities in any region or town council are made possible and done quicker if the regional or local authority councillors work in concord with the CEOs and chief regional officers (CROs) of those institutions.
He said since mayors are the chairpersons of town councils, they must guide the functionalities of their municipalities, while CEOs drive the institutions by initiating and implementing development ideas.
The deputy minister further said the same theory must apply to the chairpersons of regional councils and their CROs in order to develop the constituencies exactly as needed by inhabitants.
“This professional relationship between the CEOs and their mayors and also the CROs and their regional council chairpersons is important in bringing about development to the towns and regions,” he noted.
Klazen said it is indisputable that once a CEO or CRO is restless because of tension or war with their chairpersons, then people on the ground suffer, and the speedy implementation of development activities will thus not exist.