CORRECTION: Omaruru Residents' Association boycott rates and taxes payments

03 Apr 2017 10:30am
CORRECTING STORY AND HEADLINE TO POINT OUT THAT ORA DID NOT RESOLVE TO BOYCOT MUNICIPAL BILLS BUT IS DISCUSSING “slow pay” OF SUCH BILLS WITH A LAWYER.
ALSO, THE DECISION FOR VAN RHYN TO RESIGN WAS NOT TAKEN AT THE AGM.

BELOW IS THE CORRECT VERSION OF THE STORY:

OMARURU, 28 MAR (NAMPA) – The Omaruru Residents' Association (ORA) on Monday is considering “slow pay” of rates and taxes to the municipality.
This resolution was passed during an ORA annual general meeting held on Monday.
ORA’s acting Chairperson, Gerda van Rensburg told this agency on Tuesday suggestions to “slow pay” is in protest of bad service delivery and lack of inclusiveness by the town council.
“We have communicated to council at least nine times on important issues since last year and only received two responses which translated into mere words and no actions,” van Rensburg said.
She said they have taken their grievances to the office of the governor, and believe he will intervene.
“If nothing happens, we are ready to take legal actions to demand service for our money.”
Van Rensburg said some of the burning issues include the pollution of the river by sewage from the S. I !Gobs Secondary School; hawkers operating with no toilet facilities; and abuse of municipal equipment.
She further said ORA’s efforts to assist the municipality in uplifting the standard of service delivery has been ignored for more than a year.
“We are not happy with the service we get as payers of rates and taxes,” Van Rensburg said.
Meanwhile, Thelma van Rhyn, who represented ORA and United Democratic Front coalition on the town council, has since resigned from the council’s management committee.
She confirmed this to Nampa Tuesday.
“I will comment after the management committee has deliberated on it,” Van Rhyn said.
Roger Nautoro, a DTA of Namibia councillor, said Van Rhyn’s resignation was to protect her integrity and not make her party to many illegal and ill informed decisions by the committee.
According to Nautoro, there has been many instances where council meeting minutes do not show who voted for or against a decision and even questions and objections are not noted in minutes, giving the impression that all councillors are in agreement.
Mayor Hendrina Gebhardt and acting Chief Executive Officer Elifas Amunyela did not respond to questions send to them by Wednesday afternoon.
(NAMPA)
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