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Tobias Hainyeko youth dismayed by councilor’s postponement of CDC elections

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Tobias Hainyeko youth activist, Stefanus Kalangula, said they are disappointed by their constituency councilor, Christoph Likuwa, for disregarding laws and guiding principles by postponing elections of Constituency Development Committee (CDC) on sever…

Tobias Hainyeko youth activist, Stefanus Kalangula, said they are disappointed by their constituency councilor, Christoph Likuwa, for disregarding laws and guiding principles by postponing elections of Constituency Development Committee (CDC) on several occasions due to emotions.

Kalangula made these remarks on Thursday at a media briefing, while addressing various issues the constituency is facing.

He said on Saturday, Likuwa secretly organised a CDC meeting at Onghugo Yepongo Community Center in Katutura's Okuryangava residential area, and allegedly only invited friends and associates through a WhatsApp group.

However, to the dismay of the constituency’s residents, Likuwa disregarded the laws and the guiding principles of the elections that were clearly stipulated by the officials from the regional council office that were delegated to conduct the election, but the councilor cancelled the meeting and postponed it for the third time based on his own “emotions”.

'As residents, we wish to register our disappointment with the conduct of the councilor, who revealed to the meeting that there was a secret leaders meeting that resolved on our behalf as to how the meeting should be conducted. This was the third meeting that was postponed on the instruction of the councilor based on feelings, emotions and [was done] unprocedural,' said Kalangula.

He added that they wrote a letter to Khomas Regional Council Chairperson, Governor’s office and the Ministry of Rural and Urban Development for their interventions and requested a response within seven working days, and that failure to do so may force them to invoke legal action.

When contacted for comment, Likuwa said he cancelled the meeting after finding out that there were people who wanted to be elected into the CDC while they are not residents of the constituency.

'I don’t know if he understands the mandates of the CDC members. How can we elect people into the CDC while they are not from our constituency? How will they know about our problems if they are [not] living here?' asked Likuwa.

He added Kalangula wanted to cause chaos in the meeting and acted like an angry person who is desperate for leadership.

Source: Namibia Press Agency