Regional councillor wants to become village councillor

13 Nov 2015 11:40am
ONGWEDIVA, 13 NOV (NAMPA) – The chairperson of the Ohangwena Regional Council, Paulus Mwahanyekange has decided to vie for a seat on the five-member Okongo Village Council during the upcoming elections.
He has been a Swapo Party constituency councillor for the Okongo Constituency for the past 22 years.
Mwahanyekange told Nampa in a telephonic interview from Okongo earlier this week that believes he has laid a strong foundation for the constituency’s development and it is now time for a new councillor to take over and continue from where he leaves off.
“Most of the capital projects such as the construction of 111 boreholes; 38 new schools; a new clinic at Olukula village; the electrification of five schools and proclamation of seven access roads were implemented during my term of office as a constituency councillor,” he said.
He said his new focus is the development of the Okongo settlement which was proclaimed a village by Government earlier this year.
If successful, Mwahanyekange and four other councillors will become the first local authority councillors of that village.
“I want to be part of the management of the local authority of Okongo,” he said.
Mwahanyekange tops the list of Swapo candidates for the Okongo Local Authority Election, followed by Jacobina Kayofa, Jonas Nghinaunye, Saara Shiwayu and Lydia Hamakali.
Swapo has nominated Fanuel Ndadi as its candidate for the Okongo Constituency.
The Regional Council and Local Authority Elections will take place on 27 November.
The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) and the DTA of Namibia are the other political parties participating in the Okongo Local Authority Election.