APP urges Swapo to fire councillors over incomplete management committee

14 Apr 2019 11:30am
RUNDU, 14 APR (NAMPA) – All People’s Party (APP) secretary general Vincent Kanyetu is calling on the ruling Swapo Party to fire former Rundu mayor Verna Sinimbo and her deputy Ralf Ihemba for declining nominations to the management committee.
The Rundu Town Council (RTC) failed to elect a third member to the management committee last month after Ihemba declined to accept nomination as a member.
Sinimbo also declined nomination to the committee in early February, where the council elected Isak Kandingu as mayor of the town, defying Swapo Secretary-General Sophia Shaningwa’s directive for them to retain the status quo. Toini Hausiku was elected deputy mayor.
Although the RTC is currently operational, the management committee remains incomplete.
Either Sinimbo or Ihemba was expected to join Anastasia Antonio who was re-elected as chairperson of the management committee alongside member, Faustinus Wakudumo of the All People’s Party.
“As a party, we are giving the Swapo secretary-general and Urban and Rural Development Minister, Peya Mushelenga, 48 hours from Monday to fire the two councillors for refusing to be part of the management committee,” Kanyetu told Nampa in an interview.
The APP SG said if this is not done, Sinimbo and Ihemba must resign from their positions for failing to fully carry out their party’s politburo decision.
Swapo’s secretary for information and mobilisation, Hilma Nikanor in February announced the politburo resolved that the Rundu local authority councillors should continue rendering service to their town.
Kanyetu said both Shaningwa and Mushelenga have proven to be “enemies of progress for not taking the two councillors to task as they are the cause of the management committee being incomplete”.
“This is the first time where we are seeing councillors refusing to comply with decisions taken by the highest body of Swapo. It is for this reason that I am asking the two leaders to resign,” he stressed.
The APP SG claimed he is aware why there is a delay in completing the management committee and threatened to expose Shaningwa and Mushelenga if nothing is done about the issue.
Approached for comment, Mushelenga said he needed to be given time to consult the Local Authority Act on a suggestion that came from the mayor on how to go about electing a new member.
Shaningwa could not be reached for comment.