Dying to get a drink

Uuvudhiya, once the hotspot for farming the north, is a wasteland of carcasses as cattle die of thirst.

16 December 2016 | Disasters

The town council of Opuwo, in a bid to better its overall performance will be creating management and head of department positions which were not considered before.

A part-one level local authority, Opuwo has been operating without managers or heads of departments since inception. According to the mayor Albert Tjiuma, all departments are controlled and managed by town officials.

"We are putting an end to this era. We are going to appoint managers and heads of departments to run our different section so that we can run our town effectively," Tjiuma said.

He said that currently the town is behind other towns in the country in terms of development because it does not have staff to actually do and oversee the work.

"We are in consultations to design eight key top positions for our town council. These are the people who will be held accountable for our town’s development,” he said.

Tjiuma could not say which positions will be created, but Namibian Sun is reliably informed that the eight positions include a technical manager and finance or administration manager, a town planner, building inspector, environmental health officer, fire fighter, public relations officer and personal assistant to the CEO.

Currently the council has appointed Abel Katjoho as acting CEO to facilitate the new CEO’s appointment as the current contract ended in October.

Katjoho is currently the official responsible for the maintenance and technical department.

ILENI NANDJATO

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