03 Apr 2016 12:30pm
NKURENKURU, 03 APR (NAMPA) - The newly established Kavango West Regional Council has appointed Mpasi Katewa as its first Chief Regional Officer (CRO).
The regional councils chairperson Joseph Sivaku announced this at a council meeting here on Friday.
Katewa will run the affairs of the regional council in terms of administration and finance, Sivaku said.
Kavango West is the poorest region in the country and the CRO should take note of the status of the region, he stated.
It is important that all decisions taken must be geared towards adding value to the livelihood of the residents. Planning for the development of the region must also be done in consultation with all relevant stakeholders, Sivaku said.
On her part the governor of the Kavango West Region, Sirkka Ausiku said the appointment of a CRO is key for the development of the region.
We need implementation and without an accounting officer, implementation is always a challenge, the governor said, adding that Katewa comes with vast experience and is well acquinted with the situation in the region.
In his acceptance speech, Katewa said he is aware that the expectations are huge in terms of service delivery to the residents of the region.
I hold the view that no organisation can survive and grow without introspection and new plans for the future, he said.
The CRO noted that there is a need to prepare the region's five-year strategic plan as well as annual performance agreements.
Katewa also said he has observed that the council operates below capacity as most of the positions are still vacant.
I will make it one of the priority areas to ensure that key operational positions are filled as a matter of urgency, he promised.
Katewa is a trained teacher and has worked as a lecturer at the University of Namibia. His qualifications range from an education diploma to a masters degree. He has also completed his PHD in leadership studies.