Swapo storms to the top of the Keetmanshoop Town Council

04 Dec 2015 15:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 04 DEC (NAMPA) – A record five Swapo party councillors were inaugurated in the top decision-making structures of the Keetmanshoop Town Council on Friday.
Gauadentia Willemse, Hilia Shatipamba, Gabriel Freyer, Justine Louw and Ernst Jash were sworn in alongside opposition party members Charles Pieter (DTA of Namibia) and Johannes Esterhuizen (Rally for Democracy and Progress) who complete the seven-member town council.
Before Swapo summarily dethroned the historically opposition-led town council in the recent Local Authority Election, the party occupied only three seats.
The remaining four were split between the RDP (two), DPN (one) and DTA (one).
The mayor of the past two terms was from the DTA.
Another first for Keetmanshoop on Friday was the election of two women as mayor and deputy mayor respectively.
During her maiden speech as mayor, Willemse told a fully packed chamber that women leaders were proven to be more responsive to the needs of communities.
“We are also better inclined to work cooperatively across party lines and I hereby publicly express my willingness to join hands with the other parties in addressing the needs of our residents,” she said.
Shatipamba was elected as deputy mayor, while former deputy mayor Freyer was pronounced chairperson of the management committee.
Jash and Louw were elected members of the management committee.
The councillors were sworn in by Hardap Regional Magistrate, Sunsley Zisengwe who reminded the office-bearers of their “enormous and onerous responsibility” to the Keetmanshoop residents who elected them.
“I do hope you will discharge your duties duly and effectively,” he said.