09 Dec 2016 11:50am
ONGWEDIVA, 09 DEC (NAMPA) Re-elected Oniipa mayor Mannetjies Kambonde has promised that he will uphold and defend the Namibian Constitution and the laws of the country.
He also pledged to perform his duties as a member of the local authority council of Oniipa with honesty and fairness when he was re-elected last week.
Kambondes mayoral re-election on 25 November marked a one-year term of office for the founding council of Oniipa, which was elected into office after the Regional and Local Authority Elections last year.
Oniipa in the Oshikoto Region was proclaimed a town in 2015. Kambonde said his council at its formation session last year was given the responsibility of pioneering and guiding the establishment of the town and has attained a number of achievements.
Those achievements, Kambonde said, include the recruitment of the towns chief executive officer (CEO) and a number of key management personnel as well as the installation of the towns billing system.
The Oniipa mayor noted that establishment of his town comes at a time when the country is tightening its belt in the face of financial difficulties.
He went on to say his council remains committed to bringing about growth and development for its residents.
We cannot deny that the land issue remains a daunting task for us. We are putting strategies in place to remedy these challenges and in the process ensuring that our town grows at a commendable pace, Kambonde said.
He said over the next 12 months the council will embark on developing the town planning scheme to guide future land developments in the town.
According to Kambonde, the Oniipa council will ensure that implementation of such development is done in ways sympathetic both to the environment and the livelihood of citizens.
He said council members long-term goal remains the delivering of affordable housing.
The council members will continue to establish the foundation for the towns economic growth and that the areas such as retail businesses, services delivery, tourism, housing and transport remain their greatest focus, Kambonde concluded.