Haihambo is new Rundu CEO

22 October 2019 | Local News

Urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga has approved the appointment of Sikongo Haihambo as the Rundu town council's chief executive officer.

“I granted approval for the appointment of the CEO about two weeks ago, as recommended by the panel. You may wish to follow up with the town council with regard to the timeframe when they will formalism the appointment,” Mushelenga told Namibian Sun.

Rundu mayor Isak Kandingu confirmed that the council had received Haihambo's letter of appointment from the ministry.

“He will assume office anytime soon,” Kandingu said.

The council has been without CEO since the contract of Romanus Haironga expired in July last year.

Haironga had been at the helm of council since 2007, but fell out of favour with councillors and was placed on suspension for most of his last year in office. However, no formal charges were brought against him

Haihambo is no stranger to the Rundu town council as he served as acting CEO for more than ten months before his sudden resignation in May.

Haihambo resigned because of infighting among the five Swapo Party councillors, which led to the local authority having to operate without a complete management committee and made his job difficult.

But Haihambo was the only shortlisted candidate among the 19 people who applied for the position of CEO last year and was recommended for the job.

The Rundu town council is struggling financially, mainly because of low revenue collection and a high demand for services.

The local authority owes NamWater more than N$76 million and now has to pay upfront for the town's water supply.

The council is expected to deliver municipal services to an estimated 90 000 residents but problems such as illegal water and electricity connections are depriving it of the income needed for effective service delivery.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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