Opposition councillors walk out on CoW elections

01 Dec 2016 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 01 DEC (NAMPA) – Opposition party members on the City of Windhoek (CoW) Council walked out of the council chambers on Thursday before the election of the 2017 office-bearers commenced.
National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) Councillor, Joseph Kauandenge made a statement on behalf himself, DTA Councillor Ignatius Semba and Rally for Democracy and Progress Councillor Brumelda Cornelius, saying they did not want to participate in “guided elections”.
“When we took the oath of office as councillors, we were fully aware of the concept and notion that the majority counts but the minority voices should be heard, therefore we would want to kindly request to be excused,” Kauandenge stated.
He further said they should be called back once the elections are completed so they could congratulate the newly elected office-bearers.
“This is borne out of this reality. Throughout the year we sit as councillors to make sure that this city is functioning, but at the end of the year we are not even considered (for positions),” he said.
CoW acting Chief Executive Officer, Fillemon Hambuda, who was the master of ceremonies, asked the three to remain seated for the chairperson of the elections to clarify the situation, but Kauandenge said they do not want clarity.
The three walked out of the chambers and the elections commenced.
Swapo councillors Muesee Kazapua and Fransina Kahungu were re-elected as mayor and deputy mayor, respectively.
The management committee members elected are Matilde Ukeva; Moses Shikwa; Paulus Immanuel; Tekla Huwango and Matheus Amadhila.
Swapo has 12 councillors on the council and opposition parties three.
Local authorities are required by law to elect office-bearers annually.