Ipinge urges councillors to be critical of CEOs

21 Jan 2016 11:40am
OTJIWARONGO, 21 JAN (NAMPA) – The Otjozondjupa Regional Governor on Wednesday urged all regional and local authority councillors to stand their grounds and avoid becoming tools of their towns’ Chief Executive Officers (CEOs).
Otto Ipinge made the remarks at a one-day meeting he organised at his office in Otjiwarongo to discuss the development projects expected to take place in all five local authority councils operating in the region.
He urged the five local authorities’ CEOs to respect their local and regional councillors for a mutual flow of development ideas and harmony amongst themselves.
“The CEOs must carry out their primary duties of implementing decisions and resolutions taken by the councils and avoid conflict of interests at all,” Ipinge said.
He also added that if a town’s CEO is insubordinate or incompetent, such person must be “shown the door”.
The Otjozondjupa Regional Governor noted that his office must be informed in writing and updated on the development of any council resolution taken by the local authorities on critical capital projects.
Ipinge urged CEOs and local authority councillors to connect all citizens in their towns to the sewage lines and see to it that no citizens relieve him or herself in a plastic bag when nature calls.
“Take electricity, water and other services to the people because that is the sole reason the councillors and CEOs are operating in our government systems,” he charged.
The governor said his office will undertake town visits in order to understand their business operations and to assess if the majority of residents in informal settlements are connected to water services and electricity network.
On his part, the Okakarara Constituency Councillor, Vetaruhe Kandorozu said he has a serious concern with the government officials at the Otjozondjupa Regional Council.
“They don’t respect us as regional councillors and they don’t see us at all. They make decisions and divert resources without council resolutions. They take themselves as masters of this world when it comes to affairs of the regional council,” Kandorozu said.
Otjiwarongo Constituency Councillor, Julius Neumbo proposed that a similar meeting be called for public servants so that they are also included.
He claimed that most of the time, it is the public servants who are always late for work and absent from their offices, which stifles the implementations of resolutions passed by the councils.
The meeting was attended by CEOs, mayors and chairpersons of towns’ management committees from Okahandja, Okakarara, Otjiwarongo, Otavi and Grootfontein.
Constituency Councillor of Otjiwarongo, Julius Neumbo; Okakarara’s Vetaruhe Kandorozu; Nelao Amagulu of Grootfontein ;and Laina Nekundi of Otavi, including the Special Advisor to the Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Moses !Omeb also attended the meeting.