UPM wants Rehoboth councillors reinstated

21 Feb 2019 13:00pm
REHOBOTH, 21 FEB (NAMPA) – The United People’s Movement has called for the reinstatement of their three councillors at the Rehoboth Town Council, who were suspended along with four councillors of the Swapo Party last year.
Minister of Urban and Rural Development Peya Mushelenga on 15 March last year suspended the entire RTC for non-compliance to ministerial directives and for amongst others, mismanagement, lack of accountability and poor service delivery.
The minister said specific interventions carried out included the issuance of several ministerial directives in line with the powers of the minister and face-to-face meetings with the council, detailed investigations into the affairs of the council, on-the-spot guidance and advice management on identified shortcomings and remedial measures.
In a letter seen by Nampa and addressed to Mushelenga on Wednesday, the UPM said they have noted different measures taken at other local authorities, referring to the recent incidents at the Okahandja and Rundu town councils where councillors were recalled for defying directives from the Swapo Secretary General Sophia Shaningwa, for them to maintain the status quo.
UPM said it obtained legal opinion, which advised that correct and proper procedures were not followed in terms of the Local Authorities Act, Act 23 of 1992 as amended, under which the elected councillors were suspended.
“It is against this background that the UPM requests an urgent meeting with the minister to find a harmonious solution to the issue instead of approaching the courts, which will see the RTC be one of the respondents and would not be in the interest of the residents,” it stated.