Rundu Mayor calls for better results at RTC

18 Jan 2018 16:10pm
RUNDU, 18 JAN (NAMPA) – Rundu Mayor, Verna Sinimbo, wants better results for the town’s development activities and thus a fundamental shift is needed in how the council operates, she said.
Referencing President Hage Geingob’s New Year’s message, which labelled 2018 as “the year of reckoning,” Sinimbo made the remarks during the Rundu Town Council (RTC)’s opening meeting for the year which was attended by many of the council’s stakeholders.
“This is the year where we, the public servants, will have to answer for what has been entrusted to us by the people. As a local authority, we will have to answer for our stewardship of this town,” she said.
The mayor explained that the aim of the meeting is for the council to recognise the value of the relationship between it and its stakeholders.
The RTC, she added, does not exist nor operate independently, but does so with the help of various entities represented at the meeting.
“As a local authority, we made a commitment to complement the subject matters prioritised at national level by continuing government’s efforts at a local level,” Sinimbo added.
Some of these matters include making land available, connecting more Namibians to basic services such as water, sanitation, and electricity.
The RTC, Sinimbo stated, submitted plans to the National Planning Commission through the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development for the funding of servicing of land, particularly industrial erven, as well as formalisation and survey of the new Extension 15.
The town is also keen on entering into partnerships with investors for housing and infrastructure development.
“We really want to see more investors coming to Rundu and hope to see more of them taking advantage of the land that we have available for projects,” she stressed.
Furthermore, Sinimbo noted that road building and maintenance is of national priority to ensure that all parts of the country are connected and accessible.
In this regard, the council has also requested funding for the extension of the Rundu-Cuma road, adding that the RTC is currently busy upgrading the Maria Mwengere and Mbwangungu Hamutenya gravel roads to bitumen standard.