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Otjiwarongo local authority councillors finally sworn in

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Six local authority councillors of the Otjiwarongo Municipality were on Friday sworn in in the presence of nearly 50 community members at the municipality council chambers.All top four key political positions of the municipality are occupied by candida…

Six local authority councillors of the Otjiwarongo Municipality were on Friday sworn in in the presence of nearly 50 community members at the municipality council chambers.

All top four key political positions of the municipality are occupied by candidates of the Swapo party.

Gottlieb Shivute was sworn in as mayor for a second term, while his deputy Julienda Kampungu is also serving in the same position for a second term.

Godhardt Hoko was nominated again without any secondment for the position of chairperson of the municipality’s management committee.

Hilde Jesaja, who was the town’s mayor from 2011 until 2015, was on Friday brought back to the municipality by Swapo to replace Hilde Noreses, who resigned in December 2021 after she was found guilty of corruption and bribery by the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court in July last year.

Two other local authority councillors - Fearika Elizabeth Botha and Sebetius Guiteb - were also nominated and seconded as members of the management committee, and also an additional member to the same committee.

The seventh local authority member, Dr Maritz Laubscher, resigned from the council on Thursday citing personal reasons.

Shivute, Kampungu, Hoko and Jesaja are all from the Swapo Party, while Botha is from the Independent Patriots for Change (IPC), and Guiteb from the Landless People’s Movement (LPM).

Laubscher, from the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), is expected to be replaced in February this year.

The councillors were sworn in by Otjiwarongo Magistrate Karel Muyeghu.

This swearing in was in December last year postponed after the same councillors did not agree to the nomination of Noreses as a result of her conviction.

The councillors will serve the municipality for a period of 12 months.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency