OKH councillors ignore deadline

Councillors in Okahandja were given until 7 February to be sworn in, but no official date has been set for the ceremony to take place.

10 February 2019 | Local News

Windhoek • Yolanda Nel



A letter from the office of the secretary general of the SWAPO party, Sophia Shaningwa, stated that the swearing-in of local authority councillors at Okahandja may not take place later than Thursday 7 February.

According to the letter addressed to the regional coordinator of the Otjozondjupa region, Susan Hikopua, the changes to the Okahandja local authority office bearers were discussed by the party's Political Bureau during their ordinary meeting that took place on 30 January.

“This is the final communiqué that the office of the secretary general is issuing through the regional coordinator to the district executive,” the letter read.

According to the chief executive officer of the Okahandja municipality, Martha Mutilifa, the letter was not sent directly to them. “Only the regional representative received the communication and I only saw a copy,” she said, adding the office bearers will not be sworn in by the 7th of February as the later stipulated.

“The swearing-in ceremony will probably only take place during this coming week, any day from Tuesday,” she told Windhoek Express.

“We are also not sure what the consequences are if this order is disobeyed,” Mutilifa said. The swearing-in should have taken place on 28 November last year, but because consensus could not be reached, it was postponed to 20 December. During a second meeting, four of the five SWAPO members failed to show up.

Windhoek Express reported last week that the town was divided, with half wanting the current deputy mayor to stand as mayor, while the rest wanted current mayor, Johannes Hindjou, to continue as mayor.

With no council members sworn in, minutes of meetings cannot be approved and submitted projects are not discussed. Calls to the Otjozondjupa regional office remained unanswered before going to print.

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