Constituency Week launched in Gobabis

11 Apr 2016 19:10pm
GOBABIS, 11 APR (NAMPA) – Constituency Week was launched in the Omaheke Region here on Monday.
The launch forms part of a nationwide initiative by the Namibia Institute for Democracy (NID); the National Council (NC) and the Namibia Institute for Public Administration and Management (Nipam) that organised the five-day initiative, which will be commemorated in all 14 regions as a pilot project that aims to “bring the elected closer to those who voted for them”.
The initiative’s overall objective is to support bottom-up decentralisation by strengthening interaction between communities, and local and regional authorities through constituency development committees (CDC).
NC Chairperson of the NC Margaret Mensah-Williams launched the national initiative in the capital on Monday.
Constituency Week runs from Monday until Friday.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, Chairperson of the Gobabis Regional Council Ignatius Gariseb, who also doubles as councillor of the Kalahari Constituency, termed the initiative as a great concept in bringing leadership and community members closer.
“The concept is a good one and one can see that it has been thoroughly thought out. It came just at the right time because we as regional councillors have been tasked by the president [Hage Geingob] to deliver, as this year has been declared as the ‘Year of Implementation’,” said Gariseb.
He further proclaimed that the Omaheke Regional Council will deliberate on availing funds in future towards making the initiative an annual event in the region.
“It reflects the open-door policy and decentralisation of development, where our people can reach their leaders easily. This must be an annual event and it must be narrowed down to the regions and constituencies,” he said.
The theme for the event is ‘Working together for our community’.
In a statement read on her behalf, Mensah-Williams said Constituency Week is vital as it creates a platform to raise awareness for the role and function of the CDCs, while it strengthens the institutional capacity of CDCs to support local and regional authorities to develop operational plans that will optimise outreach activities.”
She also noted that in order to ensure that CDCs are implementing planned projects, it is important that Constituency Week is institutionalised to assist local and regional authorities in developing strategic and operational plans with the aim of optimising the outreach activities through these developmental committees.
Councillors will also use Constituency Week to discuss pertinent Bills and issues prevailing within communities, while small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and income-generating projects will hold community enterprise exhibitions in all 14 regions.
Those present at the launch in Gobabis included the Governor of Omaheke Region Festus Ueitele; Okorukambe Constituency Councillor Raphael Mokaleng; Chairperson of the Gobabis Regional Council Ignatius Gariseb; Epukiro Constituency Councillor Cornelius Kanguatjivi; Aminius Constituency Councillor Peter Kazongominja’ and Otjinene Constituency Councillor Erwin Katjizeu.