Namibia needs caring councillors: Shakumu

13 Jul 2016 19:50pm
ONGWEDIVA, 13 JUL (NAMPA) - Legal practitioner Silas Kishi Shakumu says Namibia needs political office-bearers who care about the needs of the people they are leading.
Shakumu said this at Ongwediva on Tuesday during a free induction training workshop for political office bearers and administrative officers from the northern local authorities of Helao Nafidi, Okahao, Oshikuku and Tsandi.
He was hired by the government to conduct workshops for members of local authorities.
The workshop aimed to educate leaders and administrative officers on the laws governing local authorities in Namibia and what is expected of them in the performance of their duties and responsibilities.
“We in Namibia do not care about the needs of our people and therefore, we stay how we are,” Shakumu told journalists on the sidelines of the workshop.
He pointed out that local authorities are not just there to make money, but also have a responsibility to ensure that the needs of the residents are met and satisfactorily addressed.
Shakumu suggested that local authority councillors use critical thinking, always hold their administrative officials accountable and not to surrender their role in the hands of chief executive officers.
It is expected of local authority councillors to perform their duties within the conformity of the Local Authority Act.
“It was a very good and educative workshop; I have ever attended one since I became a councillor last year,” said Vilho Shimwooshili of the Helao Nafidi Town Council in the Ohangwena Region.