Geingob still to announce late Muharukua's successor

07 Nov 2017 08:40am
WINDHOEK, 07 NOV (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob will pronounce himself when the time is right regarding the vacant position of the governor of the Kunene Region after the death of Angelika Muharukua.
This message was conveyed to Nampa by Press Secretary in the Office of the President, Albertus Aochamub on Monday via email following an enquiry on when the position will be filled. Residents of Kunene started suggesting via text messages in local newspapers that an acting governor be appointed.
Some of the residents suggested that one of the two advisors to the late Muharukua be appointed as acting governor.
The two advisors are Katuutire Kaura for Kunene north and John //Khamuseb for Kunene south.
Chairperson of the Kunene Regional Council (KRC), Julius Kaujova told Nampa on Monday that although there is a vacuum left by Muharukua’s death on 01 October this year, the activities in the region are going on as usual.
Kaujova told Nampa the special advisors and other staff members in the governor’s office, together with the council, are working hand-in-hand in the execution of the regional programmes.
“Together with Kaura, we will be visiting the community gardening project at Otuzemba village on Tuesday to see the progress and will also travel to Warmquelle to resolve some issues that were on the table of the governor. Things are going smooth,” Kaujova explained.
According to Kaujova, who also is the Sesfontein Constituency Councillor, the political focus is more on the upcoming Swapo national congress and nothing much is happening at regional level.
“We just hope that after the congress, the appointing authority will come up with someone to fill the position,” said Kaujova.
In an interview with Nampa, McHenry Venaani, president of the official opposition, the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) said the appointment of the governor is the decision of the country's President. He dismissed suggestions of an acting governor, saying the Namibian Constitution does not make provision for such a position.
Both Venaani and Kaujova are of the opinion that the second in command of a region is the chairperson of the regional council. This person has to be in charge of the region until such time a governor is appointed, they said.