Rehoboth residents fed-up with councillor

21 Jun 2017 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 JUN (NAMPA) - Rehoboth residents have called for the removal of the Rehoboth East Constituency Councillor, Edward Wambo, on grounds of alleged incompetency and for having failed them.
The residents, who travelled from Rehoboth in the Hardap Region, delivered a petition to the offices of the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development in Windhoek.
Reading the petition on behalf of the demonstrators, Johannes !Khachab said since taking office, Wambo had not delivered any development in the town despite several pleas.
“We are particularly disfavoured and are therefore disgusted with the unpleasant leadership capacities, mismatching abilities and clear lack of competencies of Wambo,” he said.
!Khachab added that due to Wambo's persistent interference and careless influences, generally on both regional and local governance systems and processes, the political formations and the socio-economic development of the region had been negatively affected.
He said constituency members were saddened that they had been dealing with this councillor for the past 10 years, expecting him to change but he had refused to engage them.
The residents alleged that due to the councillor's incompetence, work on a number of million dollar projects had been left incomplete, or not started on.
They mentioned among others; failed toilet projects, particularly in the town's Block E informal settlement; a social housing project; a sewerage upgrade, youth and entrepreneurial projects.
“Wambo's absence from his duty-station and Constituency Office has been the major reason why demonstrations were launched between 2004 and 2009, but there still is no improvement,” the petition states.
Residents also complained about the unlawful distribution of drought relief food, stating that it is on occasions handed over to people outside the scope of the programme for personal purposes.
They have requested the line Ministry to investigate the councillor or have him removed from office, or they will not stop with the demonstrations
“Wambo should note that we voted him into office and we have every right to have him removed, because we have had enough.”
The petition was received by the Special Advisor to the line minister, Philip Tjerije, who assured demonstrators it would be delivered to the necessary recipient.
Contacted for comment, councillor Wambo denied the allegations made against him stating that he had always been available for engagement with his residents in his first term of appointment.
“At the moment the regional council has no Chief Regional Officer (CRO) to take care of the other duties, so I am currently responsible for my own duties and that of the CRO,” he said.
The councillor said most people involved in the demonstrations were part of the council but were removed due to irregularities on their part.