Ulumbu replaces Kafula as municipal councillor

WINDHOEK: Swapo-Party member Hileni Ulumbu was on Thursday sworn in as a City of Windhoek (CoW) CouncilLor.

Ulumbu was sworn in before Windhoek District Magistrate Justine Asino during the monthly city council meeting.

She replaced former councilLor Agnes Kafula, who became a Member of Parliament (MP).

Ulumbu is number 12 on the Swapo-Party Local Authority list that was drawn up in 2010.

According to the Local Authorities Amendment Act of 2002, ‘members of a local authority council shall be elected on party lists at a general election to be held in accordance with the provisions of Section 8 or at any election in respect of a new local authority established at any time after any general election.”

The Act further states that a casual vacancy that occurs within three months of the date on which the period of office of the member who has vacated his or her office expires, shall not be filled until the next general election for members of local authority councils.

Kafula was elected and positioned at number four of the Swapo Party’s list of candidates for the National Assembly during the party’s Electoral College on 30 August 2014.

During Kafula’s last monthly Council meeting in February, Mayor Muesee Kazapua urged Kafula to address issues relating to the Local Authority reforms in the National Assembly.

“We have no doubt that she will continue to support municipal governance in her would-be capacity, especially the Promulgation of the Local Authority Reforms of 2007, to which she contributed to its drafting,” Kazapua stressed.

He applauded Kafula for the contribution she made in serving the council in different capacities within local government, serving once as president of the Association of Local Authorities in Namibia (ALAN).

Kafula was first elected to the Council of Windhoek in May 2004, where she served as a member of the Management Committee (MC) between 2005-2007, a Deputy Mayor in 2008 and Chairperson of the MC from 2011 to 2012.

She served as Windhoek Mayor from 2013 to 2014.

There are 15 seats on the Windhoek City Council of which Swapo-Party members occupy 11, Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) three and National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) one.