City officially quits Alan

Alan president Katrina Shimbulu was informed by Windhoek mayor Muesee Kazapua of the decision to resign, as per a council resolution.

15 August 2019 | Local News

The Association for Local Authorities in Namibia (Alan) was officially notified of the Windhoek municipality's resignation as a member, which has brought with it a loss of N$150 000 in annual membership fees.

In a letter dated 2 August, Alan president Katrina Shimbulu was informed by Windhoek mayor Muesee Kazapua of the decision to resign, as per a resolution taken by the City Council at its monthly council meeting in July.

The resolution said the City would resign from Alan “until they put their house in order and provide the necessary financial reports as requested, upon which council will re-join”.

Namibian Sun reported in July that the city council had resolved to resign from Alan because the voluntary body had failed to provide financial and activity reports as requested.

Documents seen by Namibian Sun showed that the City of Windhoek has long maintained a good standing with Alan with annual membership fee payments, and assisted the association in holding congresses and events.

The last annual fee of N$150 000 was paid in October 2018.

Nevertheless, the July council agenda noted that “the City on several occasions made written requests to Alan to share the said reports, in which the association has failed to submit any reports for the past years”.

With the Alan membership fees for the upcoming financial year in July, the City last week placed the issue of membership on the agenda and resolved to resign for the time being, pending a response to their long-standing request for reports.

In November last year, after the membership fee had been paid, then acting CEO Ludwig Narib reminded Alan in a letter to respond to their request.

“Your office is further reminded that the City of Windhoek has not yet received Alan's report as per the undertaking in your letter dated October. Once again, we kindly request you to furnish my office with the outstanding report for consideration by council.”

Shimbulu in a response letter, addressed to the mayor's office and dated February 2019, said Alan “will provide the report once it is available. We humbly request your office to bear with us in this regard”.

Council document from July indicated that by then, activity and financial reports were still pending.

Alan recently informed Namibian Sun that its 57 members will be provided with an audited financial report at its annual general meeting this October.

JANA-MARI SMTIH

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