Councillors should be in touch with electorate: Mumbala

16 Feb 2019 16:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 16 FEB (NAMPA) – Swapo’s regional coordinator for //Kharas, Matheus Mumbala has urged regional and local authority councillors to be in touch with the electorate and to be aware of their needs and concerns.
Mumbala was speaking at the party’s annual regional and local authority councillor meeting here on Saturday, where councillors reported back on projects carried out last year and discussed the way forward for 2019.
“We are part of the community that we are serving, hence there is a need for us leaders to continuously be in touch with the electorate so that we are aware of their needs,” he said.
He further denounced people who, once they are elected, move to expensive neighbourhoods, adding that the problems and challenges of the electorate are not in those neighbourhoods. “You must be where the people are. Go to kapana and listen to them. Go to bars, it is not wrong to be in a bar, be there and hear what challenges they have and work on them,” he added.
Mumbala said many leaders do not know the needs of those who elected them into power and most of the time they find out through the media.
“You are supposed to be the one to tell the media what your efforts are to improve and deliver services to the electorate. Most of the time you are not doing your job and then you blame the media for exposing what the people are going through,” he said.
He also said elected leaders must have regular meetings with communities to share information with them and plan together as a team for them not to feel left out of the development agenda.
The regional coordinator said sustainable development is a concept that needs leaders’ attention most in order to improve the wellbeing of the people elected us in power.
“I urge you to put all your personal differences aside, stop quarrelling with the officials and follow the procedures that deal with those undisciplined ones and those who are trying to sabotage the programme of the Swapo Government,” Mumbala said.