Kafula Bemoans Losses, Warns Lazy Staff

THE Mayor of Windhoek, Agnes Kafula, says ineffective staff members would be penalised for delaying developmental projects and unnecessarily costing the municipality.

She could, however, not say what kind of penalty the municipality would impose on lazy workers.

Kafula made the remarks during the council meeting on Wednesday where she also bade farewell to Niilo Taapopi, whose tenure as the municipality’s chief executive officer ends today.

She said since 2006 the municipality had lost a lot of money after agreements with private investors failed to materialise.

One of the deals involved an application by a consortium led by businessman Sidney Martin to buy plots for N$33,5 million for establishing a golf course, residential flats, a boutique, hotel and a club in Eros, Windhoek.

Government agreed to sell the land to Martin and his partners under “special projects”, since it was a unique investment.

The area measuring about 236 79 hectares was sold to Eros Valley Development Consortium. According to council documents made available on Wednesday night, a mid-2012 council decision was attached with conditions that the 466 residential flats should be part of the development, and that the development of the area should be completed five years after signing the agreement.

The consortium was however, not impressed with the pace of municipality’s work, claiming that the preliminary agreement was not finalised while the power of attorney was also not provided. The applicants requested for an 18-month extension.

Another example is the Ramatex complex in Otjomuise where the municipality has so far lost more than N$12 million in rent after a consortium of American investors and Namibian businesspeople, Namusa, failed to sign the agreement to buy the 38 hectare piece of commercial land.

Namusa officials blamed the municipality for not giving them the contract for scrutiny last year while the city said the investors failed to collect the document.

“We have lost out,” she said. “Somebody has not been doing their job since 2006. I know it’s not all of them but those who are not doing their job should be penalised. Officials should be punished when they don’t do their work.”

Kafula criticised some in the management last month for not doing their work and said the council could not wait longer.

She also accused some of the staff members of intentionally removing companies from the list of potential investors, pretending that the businesspeople were out of the country while they were in fact in the country.

“If you did not do your work, tough luck, we are going ahead with development,” Kafula told the officials she accused of delaying development, saying they needed to pull up their socks because their tactics were turning away investors.

Source : The Namibian