23 Aug 2013 04:10
OTJIWARONGO, 23 AUG (NAMPA) Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Samuel Nuuyoma and his three staff members on Wednesday moved out of the Otjozondjupa Regional Council building.
The Governor is now renting an office next to Avis Otjiwarongo Car Rental Services in Dr Hage Geingob Street.
Nuuyoma confirmed to Nampa on Thursday that his office has now moved out, but it was unclear whether he was forced out or did so voluntarily.
When this Nampa reporter asked him if he was forced to vacate the Otjozondjupa Regional Council building, Nuuyoma became agitated.
The Governor angrily asked this reporter to tell him where he got such information.
Tell me who told you that, and if you write something like that, I will deal with you. Stop making false allegations, he charged.
Nuuyoma could not also tell the amount of money he is going to pay for the new office space.
Nampa can also reveal that Nuuyoma is renting a two-bedroom flat in Otjiwarongo as his private accommodation, while the Otjozondjupa Regional Council has a spacious double-storey five-bedroom house where previous Governors had stayed.
There is no one residing in that mansion situated in Oos Street in Otjiwarongos Extension Five residential area.
The house is being guarded by some armed Namibian Police Force members.
Contacted for comment on the whole matter, Otjozondjupa Chief Regional Officer Jeaneth Kuhanga said the council recently employed three staff members who also need office space in the Regional Council building.
Kuhanga denied allegations that the governor was forced to move out of that building, adding that he did so out of his own free will.
The governors office and the Otjozondjupa Regional Council fall under the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development (MRLGHRD).
Nuuyoma was transferred to the Otjozondjupa Region in November last year by President Hifikepunye Pohamba during a reshuffle of some Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers.
Pohamba redeployed Nuuyoma from the Khomas Region to the Otjozondjupa Region, while former Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Rapama Kamehozu moved to the Omaheke Region, and Laura McLeod-Katjirua moved from the Omaheke Region to Khomas.