Leaders must be accessible: Mushelenga

11 Jul 2019 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 11 JUL (NAMPA) – The Minister of Urban and Rural Development Peya Mushelenga said the only way leaders can exchange views with their communities on matters of mutual concern and join forces to address them, is when they are accessible.
Mushelenga made these remarks on Thursday, when he inaugurated the Linyanti Constituency Office in the Zambezi Region, which was constructed at a cost of N.dollars 16 million.
He said leaders and communities should join forces to tackle challenges and the needs of communities, therefore Councillors and staff should be accessible to ensure that the plight of people are efficiently and effectively attended to.
This, he added will help develop the community’s sense of ownership and enable them to enjoy and actively participate in public affairs that could chart the course of their development.
“The construction of this office is an accomplishment of one of our mandates, and will become a token of the sound relationship and service delivery between the Zambezi Regional Council, the Constituency Councillor, the communities which fall under Linyanti Constituency and the entire residents of Zambezi Region in general,” said Mushelenga.
The minister informed the gathering that the Zambezi Region only had six constituencies before the Fourth Delimitation Commission appointed by President Hage Geingob recommended the split of the Linyanti Constituency into two to enable the Councillors to easily reach their electorates and effectively provide services to them.
This resulted in the Linyanti Constituency being without an office, whereas the Judea Lyaboloma, which became the seventh Constituency, continued its service delivery operations in Sangwali, thus the need for the construction of Linyanti Constituency office, he explained.
The construction of the office attests government’s commitment to among others, decentralise and finalise capital projects in order to take services closer to the people.