Swapo councillors urged to ensure local development

21 Jan 2014 18:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 21 JAN (NAMPA) – The Swapo-Party coordinator in the //Karas Region Matheus Mumbala has encouraged his party’s councillors in local authorities to speed up local development.
Mumbala was speaking on Tuesday during the first-ever meeting held in Keetmanshoop with all party councillors from the local authorities in the region.
He said such leaders are entrusted with the development of their respective towns, settlements and villages, especially on sanitation and education.
Mumbala also asked the politicians to intervene in whichever way they can to make sure that those people who cannot provide proof of residence in their towns or villages be helped to register for local authorities’ elections.
“Most of your people especially in the settlements do not have water bills, electricity and telephone accounts from the municipality, and as such they cannot register for local authorities’ elections. You need to step in and do something about this challenge. It is also your responsibility this year to make sure that such people get erven and municipality accounts for smooth registration in the future,” he said.
Mumbala noted that the party’s efforts to improve the living conditions of people and empower the economically should continue in this region.
He further cautioned his team to stay away from what he calls “fake comrades” who pretend to be members of the Swapo Party when they are not.
“Stay away from such people, they call you comrade in the street to a point that you are even convinced to give them positions in the party structure, but tomorrow they turn against you. You know who the relay party members are so let’s not allow people to fool us,” he said.
Mumbala also used the opportunity to encourage people of the region to go register and vote for Swapo’s presidential candidate Premier Hage Geingob during the Presidential election in November this year.
Amongst other topics, the meeting was aimed at bringing the councillors together and getting to know each other, and discuss the challenges facing local authorities, relationships within the party structures, as well as the registration of voters.