19 Dec 2018 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 19 DEC (NAMPA) There has been no changes to the Opuwo Town Council members which is good for the development of the town, re-elected Opuwo Mayor, Albert Tjiuma said.
Tjiuma in a telephonic interview with Nampa on Tuesday described this as good for the continuation of the councils developmental plans for the Kunene Region's capital.
Tjiuma is deputised by Elise Hihangwapo.
Both the election and the swearing which were presided by Magistrate Eliud Nakulonda took place on Wednesday last week.
It is always difficult to have new people in the council, compared to retaining the old team, as this allows for a smooth flow in the established and crafted development agenda of the council, noted the re-elected mayor.
The other councillors are Richard Tjazapi, who is the chairperson of the management committee, Wilhelmine Nashihua, Kunovandu Hepute, Kuzatjike Kazombaruru and Rosa Mbinge Tjeundo.
Nashihua and Hepute are additional members of the management committee while Tjeundo and Kazombaruru are ordinary members of the council.
Hepute, Kazombaruru and Tjeundo are in the council on the ticket of the Popular Democratic Movement, while the other four members are of the ruling, Swapo party.
Tjiuma told this agency that it pleases him to work with the same team he has been working with in drafting the strategic plan of the town.
These people understand the plan better than anyone and will therefore be constructing well-thought-of interventions to address the development challenges we face as a town.
Some of the challenges the council is faced with are the upgrading of roads in Opuwo, which he said are very bad and need urgent attention.
Tjiuma also shared that negotiations with traditional authorities to expand the boundaries of Opuwo are at an advanced stage.
I cant reveal more details on the negotiations with the relevant traditional authorities responsible for the communal land surrounding the town. All I can say for now is that it has been positive thus far and we are expecting a positive outcome, he explained.
Land has already been earmarked for the relocation of the Epupa open market and the Opuwo Urban Constituency Office has availed fencing material for the allocated land, which the mayor described as a good sign of cooperation between the constituency office and town council.