Ngurare apologises to DRC residents

18 Nov 2013 18:30pm
SWAKOPMUND, 18 NOV (NAMPA) – Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) Secretary, Elijah Ngurare has apologised to the residents of the Democratic Resettlement Community (DRC) in Swakopmund for the ruling party's failure to have the settlement proclaimed and properly serviced.
Speaking at a Swapo Party rally held here on Sunday, Ngurare said it is disappointing that the DRC is not yet proclaimed after the Swapo Party promised at a rally in 2010 that they would ensure that the land is officially proclaimed as a part of the coastal town.
“We came here in 2010 and we said that DRC must be proclaimed which was three years ago. Today, we are coming back and it is still not proclaimed. It is not good that DRC is not proclaimed and that the residents are angry. Some are even going around at night from house to house to mislead and fight amongst themselves,” he said.
Concerned residents of the area have been very vocal these past few months, trying to get attention from leaders so as to speed up the formalisation of the area.
Ngurare’s apology comes after residents of the DRC recently threatened to hand over their voter cards to the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) as a boycott of their participation in next year’s general elections.
The SPYL leader told the residents that they have the power to bring about change, as they were the ones responsible for putting the current leaders in positions of power.
He said the DRC residents also have the power to remove people from positions of power.
Ngurare stated that once in positions of power, councillors must not try to succeed on their own nor fight their own wars, but should act as agents for the poor people who voted to put them in power.
“If the problem is the council, then we take out the whole council, because Swapo is a political home for all Namibians and the party is there for everyone including the people of DRC,” he exclaimed.
Ngurare further mentioned that the step forward is to return to the section and branch levels of the party where leaders are elected in order to formalise a solution, instead of returning with excuses on why the land has not been proclaimed.
“We must not come back with an excuse on not proclaiming the DRC. In the next council, we want to see people from DRC serving on the council,” he urged.