PDM wants Mushelenga to solve Okahandja and Rundu council standoffs

25 Jan 2019 19:30pm
WINDHOEK, 25 JAN (NAMPA) – The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga must instruct the Swapo Party Secretary General (SG) Sophia Shaningwa, and the party’s councillors in the Okahandja and Rundu town councils, to find amicable solutions to their problems.
This demand was made by Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) SG Manuel Ngaringombe, in a media statement issued on Friday.
He described the current internal squabbles as irresponsible and harmful conduct that are becoming a habit in the local authorities’ management.
He said since November 2018, the Okahandja and Rundu councillors are not fulfilling their mandate due to internal squabbles, which are affecting service delivery to the ratepayers.
“It is a requirement by the Local Authority Act that the councillors are supposed to take decisions in council meetings for the appropriate management of the town affairs,” the PDM SG stressed.
He pointed out that in his New Year message, the Head of State declared 2019 as the year of accountability and the events unfolding at the two town councils are a clear indication of an ongoing lacklustre management of Government affairs.
Ngaringombe also called on the Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate allegations of mismanagement and corruption at the two town councils and take the culprits to book.
“In the absence of these, the PDM will be left with no other choice but to mobilise residents of the affected towns to have a vote of no confidence in the Swapo councillors and call for a town referendum to recall them and demand for fresh elections,” the PDM leader said.
The two towns’ councillors have been involved in power struggles which emanated from a directive from Shaningwa, to retain the councillors after elections, were ignored.
In her letter addressed to the Swapo leadership in Okahandja, Shaningwa made it clear that the current Mayor of Okahandja, Johannes Hindjou, must not retain his post, without any further explanation, while on the opposing end, the party’s district executive committee, as empowered by the Swapo constitution Rule 64, wants Hindjou as mayor.
In Rundu, the SG instructed that the positions of current Mayor, Verna Sinimbo and her deputy Ralf Ihemba remain unchanged while the members of the management committee, Annastacia Shinduvi-Foya, Toini Hausiku and Isak Lumbala want change to be effected, especially to the position of mayor.