22 Jan 2019 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 22 JAN (NAMPA) Okahandja Municipality Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Martha Mutilifa allegedly changed the locks to the office of the towns mayor, Johannes Hindjou.
Mutilifa also removed the official photograph of the mayor from a wall at the municipal offices, a senior councillor who preferred anonymity told Nampa.
When this news agency visited the municipal offices on Friday, Hindjou's official photograph was nowhere to be seen on the wall.
Contacted on Friday, Mutilifa refused to comment on the matter, saying she was preparing for a meeting, while questions sent to her through her personal assistant went unanswered by Sunday.
Hindjou confirmed that his office locks were changed but declined to comment further.
In December, the Okahandja Swapo District Executive (DEC) accused Mutilifa of promoting division in the town and acting like an elected politician.
The Okahandja community needs service delivery from your esteemed office, not advocating (for) propaganda and promoting division by instigating groups and workers against councillors and vice-versa, Bethuel Tjaveondja, a DEC member said at a media conference.
Over the last two months, the process to elect a town mayor for the town failed on two separate occasions.
On both occasions, disgruntled residents who wanted to witness the swearing in ceremony caused havoc, which led to the entire process being halted.
The bone of contention is the extension or termination of Hindjous tenure as mayor.
It stems from two letters, one from Swapo Secretary General Sophia Shaningwa, and another from Swapos district coordinator, Martha Mwandingi-Simeon.
In her letter, Shaningwa made it clear that Hindjou must not retain his post and that he should become an ordinary member of the council.
Shaningwa wants Sofia Upithe as the new mayor. Upithe, as per Shaningwas directive, is to be deputised by Gideon Uwu-Khaeb and Hileni Iita as chairperson of the management committee
The DEC, as empowered by Swapo constitutions Rule 64 wants Hindjou as mayor.
Hindjou, according to the DEC is to be deputised by Iita, while Uwu-Khaeb is their ideal choice for the position of management committee chairperson.