Swapo Party leaders should focus on progress: Mumbala

12 Jun 2016 19:30pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 12 JUN (NAMPA) – Swapo Party regional coordinator for //Kharas Matheus Mumbala has told the party leadership in the regional and local structures to focus on development whilst removing stumbling blocks to such efforts.
At the party’s regional executive committee meeting in Keetmanshoop on Saturday, Mumbala expressed irritation, particularly against chief executive officers and chief regional officers who hamper development.
“They were put there by the party, but now they cite Acts and rules to block us and to tell us we cannot do this or that. Those Acts were created by the Swapo Party, if it does not work for us, we should change it,” he said.
Mumbala highlighted the ongoing sanitation network project at Aus as a priority for the region and expressed dismay that Ileni informal settlement residents in Keetmanshoop used “the area next to a main national road to relieve themselves”.
He said the bucket system in the region should be abolished without any further delay.
“It is a shame that in Rosh Pinah which has two (zinc) mines, people are still suffering in poverty in Tutungeni suburb without houses and proper services.”
He said councillors in the region should refrain from engaging in fights over “who should be CRO or CEO” and instead hold these officers accountable.
“We promised our voters services. Soon we will go out and campaign again for Swapo and they will ask for the same things they asked last time,” Mumbala said.
He also said Government should stop paying lip service to decentralisation without the necessary resources.
“You put the offices in the regions, but not the money to do the work,” Mumbala said, turning to Swapo Party secretary general Nangolo Mbumba, who attended the meeting.
He pointed out that local and regional leaders should pay attention to bettering the lives of their communities.
“Our people are suffering, you should work for those who voted you into the positions you occupy. Find money to do what you promised and remove those who block development. If there are laws not in favour of development, we must amend it.”
The Swapo Party won all seven regional council seats and lead all local authority councils with a majority vote.
Keetmanshoop, previously ruled by an opposition majority, was clinched by Swapo in the 2015 regional and local authority elections with five seats out of a total seven.