CoW honors long-serving councilors

WINDHOEK: The City of Windhoek (CoW) has honored its long-serving Windhoek Councilors with the alderperson titles for their contribution to the development of the City and its people.

Former Mayor Elaine Trepper and Boas Ekandjo served the council for 17 years and 15 years respectively and both received silver medals, name tags and certificates of appreciation.

Member of Parliament and Former Mayor Agnes Kafula; Former Deputy Mayor and councilor Gerson Kamatuka; and Councilor Josheph Shikongo; Councilor Benestus Kandundu received bronze medals, name tags and certificates of appreciation for serving the council for 11years.

Trepper, Ekandjo, Kafula, Kamatuka, Shikongo are serving in the Council on Swapo party ticket while Kandundu served as National Unity Democratic Organisation of Namibia (NUDO) councilor before rejoin Swapo-Party in October 2014

The conferment of the alderperson titles is in accordance with the CoW as per Council Resolution 393/11/2010 resolved that as per council practice to honor Councilors for meritorious services after completion of twenty (20) full years of service by conferring the title of Alderman/Alderwomen to such Councilors; and under section 30 (1) (q) of the Local Authorities Act, 1992 (Act 23 of 1992), honors may be conferred to any person who has in the opinion of the local authority Council rendered meritorious service to its residents.

Speaking at the conferment of the aldersperson titles ceremony here on Wednesday, Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa in the speech read on her behalf applauded the City Council for their noble idea for honouring its long serving councilors by recognizing their contribution and continue serving the community.

“The honors you are about to receive, albeit no monetary value, should instill a sense of accomplishment; a sense of deed, a sense of fulfillment, and a sense of pride in your hearts,” she said.

Shaningwa encouraged councilors to continue serving the community until such time people are in reach of the necessary basic services.

“I would like to assure you of my support in your endeavors to provide adequate services to our residents,” she said.

Meanwhile, CoW Mayor Muesee Kazapua said these honors are specifically conferred in acknowledgement of the recipients’ courage in shouldering the municipal leadership responsibility over the past periods.

“As we honor the long serving councilors, we take cognizance that the foundation they have laid forms the basis from which to focus our efforts and time; to carry forward the development agenda of our City,” he said.

Kazapua, however, noted that the Cow has been facing challenges of shortage of serviced land; and coupled with the cumbersome process involved in the allocation of land which limits the provision of affordable housing especially to the low-income segments.

The ceremony was attended by over 50 member of parliament and current and former councilors of the City.