Rehoboth Town Council not living up to standards:UPM

10 Dec 2013 08:50am
WINDHOEK, 10 DEC (NAMPA) – The Rehoboth Town Council (RTC) cannot manage its affairs and is not making any progress to improve the lives of its residents, the United People's Movement (UPM) has said.
The UPM is a political party, formerly known as the Rehoboth Democratic Movement.
UPM National Chairperson Jan van Wyk, in a media statement issued last week, accused the council of mismanagement.
“The RTC's financial report for the year 2010/2011 indicates that the RTC is not making any progress from the previous years. This report reflects badly on the management of the town, but the blame was placed on the previous financial manager,” said Van Wyk.
He claimed that the RTC Management Committee does not have the required authorisation to manage the affairs of the council, “as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Theo Jankowski, and Mayor Bartholomeus Pieters together with some senior officials are the driving force behind the failures of the RTC”.
“The report of the Auditor-General (AG) for the financial year 2010/2011 was not made available for discussion and the recommendations were never implemented, neither was the councillors provided with copies of the said report,” according to Van Wyk.
The RTC has contracted PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to carry out a forensic investigation during 2012.
However, Van Wyk claimed that these findings were not made available to the councillors of his opposition party.
He stated that the UPM forms part of the RTC, and needs answers from the town councillors.
“The UPM had on several occasions accused the CEO of incompetence, something that was again confirmed in the latest AG report. The UPM is considering serious action to force the Swapo-led council to address the issue,” Van Wyk added.