Election of third member to RTC management committee stalls again

03 May 2019 13:10pm
RUNDU, 03 MAY (NAMPA) – The swearing-in of the third member of the Rundu Town Council’s management committee failed to take place here on Thursday after the those earmarked for the position failed to show up.
The third slot was expected to be filled by the Swapo party members’ former deputy mayor Ralf Ihemba, former mayor Verna Sinimbo and Reginald Ndara from the Rundu Concerned Citizens Association.
However, Ihemba and Sinimbo did not show up for the swearing-in ceremony.
The management committee only has two members currently and these are the chairperson of the management committee Anastacia Antonio and Faustinus Wakudumo of the All People’s Party.
The Rundu Town Council (RTC) failed to elect a third member to the management committee in March after Ihemba declined 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.
A source informed Nampa that Ihemba and Sinimbo had both indicated their availability to the party for the third slot.
The source further said Swapo Party Secretary General Sophia Shaningwa allegedly told the two councillors she was not consulted about the swearing-in ceremony, hence their absence.
Asked why he did not attend the swearing-in ceremony, Ihemba refused to comment on the matter, while Sinimbo's phone went unanswered.
Shaningwa, in a telephonic interview, questioned what this reporter was going to do with the information before hanging up.
The Acting Chief Executive Officer of the RTC, Sikongo Haihambo, said his duty is just to arrange and facilitate the swearing-in ceremony.
“When the people run off from the altar it does not become my problem. I too was optimistic that the ceremony was going to take place but I only facilitate people that are linked to political parties,” he said.
Haihambo said he spoke to various people representing the parties and was given reason enough for him to go ahead and plan the swearing-in ceremony.