Otavi residents not happy with town leaders

22 Sep 2016 20:40pm
OTAVI, 22 SEP (NAMPA) - Some residents of Otavi in the Otjozondupa Region on Thursday expressed dismay in the poor leadership of their constituency and local authority councillors.
About 200 people thus staged a peaceful demonstration to air their grievances under the watchful eye of members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol).
The group marched from the Shalom Primary School to the town council offices, where they handed over a petition to Deputy Mayor George Garab.
In their petition, they called on the Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa to suspend and fire Otavi Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Moses Matyayi and the seven local authority councillors for alleged incompetence.
“We have no confidence in the current town council and we demand the withdrawal of the CEO, Mayor Martha Shipanga and other councillors,” reads the petition.
The residents accused Shipanga and her councillors of being incompetent, weak and not able to take action against Matyayi, whom they accused of a dictatorship leadership style at the town council.
The residents also accused Otavi Constituency Councillor Laina Nekundi of having failed to hold a community meeting on matters concerning the development of the constituency.
They accused Nekundi of a lack of interest in serving the community.
“Councillor Laina Nekundi has a communication problem. She cannot express herself in the official language, and she was imposed on us,” they said.
Residents further called on Swapo’s Otavi District Co-ordinator Elizabeth Shinana to recall the local authority councillors and Nekundi.
Nekundi on Thursday said it is the constitutional right for those concerned to say whatever they want.
She was sworn in on 21 August 2015 as replacement for Ndapewoshali Nangula Nambili, who died on 13 June 2015 due to illness.
Receiving their petition, Garab said: “We will look into your concerns as a council”.
He told Nampa their town has a good future, adding that the council has a competent CEO and staff members.
Matyayi, on his part, did not want to comment, saying he was on sick leave after being involved in a motor vehicle accident in the Kavango East Region last week.