Veicko Haimbodi remains NCCI chairperson for Ongwediva

ONGWEDIVA: The Ongwediva branch of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) has re-elected Veicko Haimbodi as its chairperson and Pandu Wahengo as deputy chairperson here on Tuesday.

Turkey Tobias was elected to succeed Wahengo as secretary of the branch, while Juliana Haimbodi, Peter Mutumbulwa, Eben Heita and Joe Archer Shikongo have been elected as four additional members during that satellite branch’s elective meeting.

The seven-member leadership of the Ongwediva NCCI branch will serve for the next two years.

The former vice-chairperson of the branch, Mire Christopher, was not available for re-election.

In his acceptance address, Haimbodi commended members of the Ongwediva NCCI satellite branch for re-electing him as their branch chairman for the second term in a row.

He promised that the branch leadership will fulfil the NCCI’s aims and objectives of being the mouthpiece of the business community at Ongwediva and in the entire country.

The chairperson stated that his leadership will also encourage all efforts which are aimed at poverty reduction through job creation, and will work hard to recruit more members for the branch.

He, however, expressed dissatisfaction that the elective meeting was poorly-attended and less-known businesspeople were the majority of participants.

“Let us attend this kind of meetings in a big number next time,” Haimbodi urged.

Chairperson of the Ondangwa NCCI satellite branch, Paavo Amwele, who directed the election process, reminded the elected members of the Ongwediva branch that their responsibility is to serve all members of the local business community equally.

Amwele also encouraged the Ongwediva branch leadership to be apolitical.

“We are businesspeople and not politicians,” he stressed, adding that party political issues should not be part of NCCI affairs.