Mutjavikua worried prolonged suspension Omaruru Council

OMARURU: The Erongo Regional Governor, Cleophas Mutjavikua on Thursday expressed concerns with the suspension of the Omaruru town council, saying it has been prolonged.

“I am very worried with the Omaruru municipality which is operating without a council. I cannot run a region of which one of its towns has no councilors,” said Mutjavikua.

Mutjavikua was speaking at a public meeting he held with residents of Omaruru at Ozondje Community Hall on Thursday evening.

At the meeting, the Governor briefed residents on the development activities coming to the town in 2016.

He also allowed community members to ask him questions or express concerns related to the social and economic development at the town.

One of the suspended Omaruru local authority councilors, Albertus !Naruseb asked Mutjavikua about the report on the forensic audit that was conducted at the Omaruru municipality in 2014 on the instructions of then Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, Charles Namoloh .

!Naruseb said the forensic audit report of Omaruru municipality must be released to the general public.

Namoloh on 16 December 2013 suspended the seven local authority councilors for Omaruru, and instructed an independent auditing firm to audit books of the Omaruru municipality.

Two of the suspended councilors are from the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), one from the United Democratic Front (UDF) and Omaruru mayor, Vincent Kahua from the National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo).

Three other councilors represented the Swapo-Party of Namibia.

These seven local authority councilors of Omaruru were suspended indefinitely without pay by Namoloh who accused them to have failed to take up crucial directives from his office.

Namoloh then appointed the retired Erongo Chief Regional Officer, Linus Garoeb as the caretaker of the Omaruru municipality.

Garoeb was tasked by Namoloh to manage all affairs of the Omaruru municipality on his behalf during the council’s suspension.

On Thursday evening, Mutjavikua openly said he was worried with the situation of Omaruru municipality which he said was operating without a council.

Mutjavikua said he had at several national platforms expressed sentiments about the prolonged suspension of the Omaruru town council.

He however did not specify at which national platforms he talked about this alleged prolonged suspension of the local authority councilors of Omaruru.

Mutjavikua concluded the topic on suspension by saying that since the judiciary system of the country was independent it must be allowed to exercise its course without interference.

Several residents then complained to him about the teenage pregnancies on increase at the town, school drop outs, youth unemployment, lack of recreational facilities, un-serviced town land and dirtiness at the Ozondje cemetery amongst others.

The Governor tackled their concerns one by one and advised the residents here to stop complaining and doing nothing, instead to start up small income generating projects.

He challenged the youths in the region to bring to his office any viable business ideas and see if they will not secure funding.

Mutjavikua also asked the municipality to set up a date on which a mass cleaning campaign would take place at Ozondje cemetery under his supervision.

The Governor said the issue of un-serviced land is a national problem, and well known to the national leaders.

He said the regional leadership of Erongo is busy to formulate a plan and mobilize resources that will assist in servicing mass residential and business plots at all towns around Erongo Region.

He therefore pleaded with the regional inhabitants to be patient with their leaders.

The public meeting at Ozondje was attended by Special Adviser to Erongo Regional Governor, Bobby Kandjala and Omaruru Constituency Councilor Mike Tjirare amongst others.

The meeting took place in a peaceful manner.