Infighting rife among Rundu councillors

20 July 2021 | Local News

Kenya Kambowe



RUNDU

Office-bearers serving on the Rundu town council are at each other’s throats just seven months after being sworn in, with Rundu Urban Community Association (RUCA) representative Nickolaus Ndumba threatening court action.

Ndumba alleged that management committee chairperson, Engelbert Muyenga, is neglecting his role.

This is contained in a letter dated 9 July to Muyenga, in which Ndumba pointed out a number of issues such as the management of council funds and resolutions passed in chambers that have not been implemented.

He also mentioned alleged reluctance from the management committee to bring forth matters such as land disputes, evictions and court orders.

“I am of the view that there’s some negligence from your part as the chairperson of the management committee for not living up to the promise you made when you took [your] oath,” the letter read.

Ndumba also took aim at the council for implementing resolutions passed by their predecessors, questioning when the resolutions of the current councillors will be implemented.

How long?

“How long are you going to keep pushing your agenda of implementing the resolution passed by former councillors instead of ours? What is the purpose of this new council?” he asked.

Ndumba gave Muyenga until 24 July to respond with a detailed report, or he will instruct his lawyers to get the answers from the chairperson, he said.

When contacted for comment, Muyenga confirmed that he received the letter, but said it is not the right procedure to demand answers.

Muyenga said Ndumba should file a motion which will be attended to.

“The main point is that as a councillor you must know your rules and the acts; you follow your act. What he did, he wrote a letter to me so I told him thank you and I will respond to your letter later. He was not supposed to do that, he was supposed to submit a motion. But he did it and I am busy with his response,” Muyenga told Namibian Sun.

‘Too fast’

Meanwhile, Muyenga said Ndumba’s action is a result of a misunderstanding, labelling Ndumba’s as “too fast”.

“He is just too fast,” he said.

Infighting among Rundu town council office-bearers is nothing new.

Early last year, the urban and rural development ministry suspended the entire council until November due to a lack of leadership at the town.

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