06 Dec 2016 12:50pm
RUNDU, 06 DEC (NAMPA) - Rundu Mayor Verna Sinimbo was elected for a second term here on Monday.
Her deputy Ralph Ihemba was also re-elected, while Anastasia Shinduvi-Foya, Isak Kandingu and Toini Hausiku remain members of the management committee.
Mathew Wakudumo and Regie Ndara are ordinary council members.
The council consists of five Swapo-party members and two from the All Peoples Party (APP).
Speaking at their swearing-in ceremony, Sinimbo said her term as mayor has been both a rewarding and challenging experience.
I am honoured that you have once again placed your trust and confidence in me to serve the inhabitants of Rundu, she said.
Sinimbo said during their first term, the council made notable strides in the development of the towns public infrastructure in line with the fourth National Development Plan.
She said the council addressed constraints of access to basic services such as potable water, reliable electricity and descent sanitation.
The town council recorded more than 260 new water connections that have benefited the residential, business and industrial sectors.
Provision was also made to extend the electricity network to settlements in Rundu such as Ndama, Kehemu, Sauyemwa, Kaisosi and Kasote, which resulted in 1 270 households being electrified.
In terms of sanitation, a new sewer pump station was completed and commissioned in Ndama with bulk sewer services to connect 300 households and institutions, she added.
Sinimbo said council also prioritised road infrastructure and in 2016, entered into an agreement with the Roads Contractor Company to assist with the rehabilitation of all severely damaged gravel roads to be done at a cost of N.dollars 4 million. This project will commence in 2017 in the Sauyemwa, Kehemu and Kaisosi settlements.
Furthermore, council acquired N.dollars 11 million from the Office of the Prime Minister for emergency work on the storm water network, Rundu beach road and Ngandu Lodge street.
Sinimbo said she and her team will work tirelessly to see Rundu reach its potential and to help improve the living standard of residents.