Omuthiya bigwigs retain posts

09 December 2019 | Government

Omuthiya councillors have retained their management posts despite allegations of corruption and investigations by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Katrina Uusiku remains the mayor and will again be deputised by Hisikiel Nanyeni, while Beata Nashongo also retains her position as the chairperson of the management committee.

This follows an annual office-bearers election on Wednesday last week.

Enos Shipahu and Joseph Kankunka will remain members of the management committee, while Susana Uukongo and Toivo Nghilalulwa are still ordinary members of the council.

Omuthiya is without a CEO after councillors decided not to renew Samuel Mbango's contract in August.

They were, however, advised by an Ondangwa Labour Court arbitrator and urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga to follow the right procedures if they do not want to renew Mbango's contract.

Mbango reported alleged corrupt practices to Mushelenga earlier this year, which he says were committed by some councillors.

Moses Amukoto, a former Omuthiya councillor, also exposed alleged underhand dealings during a town hall meeting held by President Hage Geingob in the run-up to the 2019 general election.

He accused Uusiku of allegedly facilitating rampant corruption at the town council. These allegations are also being investigated by the ACC.

Meanwhile, Oniipa political office-bearers also retained their positions.

Mannetjies Kambonde and Lovisa Ndeapo Iikali were re-elected to serve as mayor and deputy mayor, respectively, on Tuesday, despite slow development at the oldest settlement established by Finnish missionaries.

Eliaser Nghipangelwa also retained his position as mayor of the Helao Nafidi.

The Oshakati town council postponed its election that was supposed to have taken place on Tuesday, while Ongwediva was set to have its election today and Ondangwa next week.

ILENI NANDJATO

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