Hindjou re-elected as Okahandja defies Shaningwa

15 Feb 2019 16:30pm
OKAHANDJA, 15 FEB (NAMPA) – Okahandja municipal councillors re-elected Johannes 'Congo' Hindjou as the town's mayor Friday, defying Swapo Secretary General Sofia Shaningwa's order directing that Sophia Upithe be elected into the position .
Shaningwa, in her directive, also made it clear that Hindjou should not retain the mayoral post, but should become an ordinary member of the council.
However, on Friday, the councillors had different ideas.
When presiding officer, Magistrate Khaepriums Swartz asked the councillors to nominate their preferred candidate for the position of mayor, Popular Democratic Movement's Sylvia Karuuombe nominated Upithe.
The nomination was seconded by United Democratic Front councillor, Frederick Shimanda.
Upithe then had to either accept or decline her nomination.
“I will not accept this joke. I cannot accept nomination by the opposition. This is not what the SG said… I will not sit until the directive is respected,” an angry Upithe said while turning down her nomination.
Shimanda then withdrew his secondment.
“I thought I nominated a fellow councillor and not a political party. I thought we are all here to serve the people but for her to say she cannot be seconded by an opposition member, then I withdraw,” he said.
Hindjou was then nominated by Helmi Maruru and seconded by Hileni Iita of Swapo respectively.
He accepted his nomination and was sworn in as the Garden Town's mayor.
Hindjou is deputised by Iita, while Gideon Uwu-Khaeb is the chairperson of the management committee.
Maruru is the additional member of the management committee.
One position on the management committee was left vacant after Upithe, who was nominated and seconded to fill it, rejected it.