Mbangu makes things happen in Rundu Rural
Independent candidate and Rundu Rural constituency councillor Paulus Mbangu, who dethroned the ruling party from leading the constituency during last year’s elections, is hard at work to cement his name in the history books and fulfil the promises he made to the electorate.
Today marks exactly 230 days since the Rundu Rural electorate chose the former Swapo member to be their leader for the next five years.
In an exclusive interview with Namibian Sun, Mbangu said he remains determined to fulfil the promises he made to the people.
One such promise is to address the issue of potable water in the constituency, saying he assumed office, five boreholes have been drilled in various villages and other water projects are in the pipeline.
“During my campaign, I promised the people that no one will have to drink from the river,” Mbangu said.
“We cannot allow our people to compete with crocodiles to access water. One of the plans is to put up a pipeline - we already requested the ministry of agriculture that water is a very serious issue.
“One option is to put up a pipeline and the other is to drill boreholes. I think in two years we should complete that project. I can assure you that,” he said.
Mbangu also shared his plans to electrify Mazana and Mutengo Mukuru villages, which are at an advanced stage, he said.
He added that through his office, shelters for the elderly were constructed at places where they receive their monthly grants to avoid the most vulnerable spending hours queuing in the sun.
He said three houses made of sand bags were constructed for the needy, with the project ongoing.
He attributed much of his success to the good relationship he has with the Village Development Committees (VDCs) in the constituency.
When asked about his relationship with fellow regional leaders, seeing as he is the only opposition member on the Kavango East Regional Council, Mbangu said his past relationship with the leaders while he was still in Swapo has made it easier.
“We are working very well together,” Mbangu said.
The councillor added that the most notable challenge he has experienced so far is the lives of hardworking people in the communities being claimed by Covid-19.