Kauma threatened but not scared

Rundu Urban constituency councillor Victoria Kauma says the dismal performance of the Rundu town council was not her responsibility.

26 November 2020 | Politics

KENYA KAMBOWE

RUNDU

Swapo’s incumbent Rundu Urban Constituency councillor, Victoria Kauma, says other candidates pose a threat to her re-election but she is not scared because she is a woman of calibre.

Kauma made the remark at the inauguration of the Rundu hospital’s maternity ward, where she outlined how much effort she had put in to make sure that the delayed project was completed before her term ended.

In yesterday’s regional council election, Kauma went up against the Popular Democratic Movement’s (PDM) Mukuve Faustinus, All People’s Party’s (APP) Faustinus Mukoya, independent candidate Marcellius Mukuve and Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) candidate Joseph Muremi.

‘Not my mandate’

When asked whether the recent conduct of Swapo members of the Rundu town council would affect the outcome of the elections, Kauma said she was not concerned about the past and that voters have the right to vote for their preferred candidates.

Swapo won five of the seven seats on the Rundu town council in 2015 but their term ended in controversy as the entire council was suspended by the urban and rural development minister earlier this year for poor governance.

In the run-up to this week’s elections, voters criticised Kauma for not demonstrating leadership as far as service delivery is concerned.

Kauma reiterated that her office is not responsible for the delivery of basic services as that is the mandate of the local authority.

“I will not bother myself with what happened in the past. I am just asking our community to understand that local authority and constituency are two different entities with two different acts,” she said.

“I will not blame them if they don’t go and vote, it’s up to them, but they must go and vote for the Swapo Party because that is the only way for us to have the mandate to do more because our … Swapo-led government has done a lot for them.

“The only thing I have to do once given the mandate after the election is by building a strong relationship with the local authority councillors because these are the people who implement and are responsible to deliver services to the people. I will assist them because I have a background of serving on the local authority before,” she said.

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