I am here to serve my people: Hindjou

08 Dec 2015 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 08 DEC (NAMPA) – Newly elected mayor of Okahandja, Johannes ‘Congo’ Hindjou has pledged his commitment to serving the people of Okahandja by improving service delivery and bringing more development to the garden town.
Hindjou, a retired footballer, was sworn in as Okahandja's new mayor last Friday after he was elected in the Regional and Local Authority elections as the councillor of Okahandja Urban constituency.
In an interview with Nampa this week, Hindjou said being a ‘son of the soil’ of Okahandja, he knows all the problems faced by the town and has committed himself to working with his councillors and the community at large to improve service delivery.
“I am here to work for the people because they have put me in this position with a purpose and that is to serve them,” he said.
The former footballer-turned politician took over as Okahandja mayor from Valerie Aron, who served for two terms since 2013. He is deputised by Sophia Upithe.
He played for the Namibian national football team, the Brave Warriors, before turning to business and eventually politics.
Hindjou, who joined Swapo in 2004, said he is going to work according to the party’s manifesto to take Okahandja to greater heights in terms of development and service delivery.
The Swapo-party manifesto talks about economic growth, employment and wealth creation for all Namibians.
It also promises to promote inclusive and sustainable economic transformation.
Hindjou said he will ‘move mountains’ to promote value addition projects and economic infrastructure development, and not only shopping malls.
He said he plans to invite investors to set up factories that will provide job opportunities for the people of Okahandja and the youth that is affected mostly by unemployment.
However, development will not come on a silver platter and team work is the winning formula.
He said his priorities are to provide essential services such as water, electricity and improved sanitation to the people of the Five Rand and Oshetu informal settlements.
“Being a mayor is not about Congo Hindjou alone, it is about Congo with his councillors, municipal workers and the community. We need to pull in one direction to take Okahandja where we want it to be,” said the new mayor.