Ongwediva town council launches mayoral fund

Stakeholders were brought on board to assist in ensuring that the initiative becomes successful.

17 February 2020 | Local News

Ongwediva mayor Angelina Angula has launched the town council’s first-ever mayoral fund aimed to assist vulnerable members of the community under the pillar “social progression” of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP).

Speaking at the launch on Thursday, the chief executive officer of the town, Damian Egumbo, said talks of the fund has been coming for long, but a resolution was only passed last year for it to come into existence.

“The fund will start very small and it is expected to grow with time,” said Egumbo, adding that council cannot do it alone. Stakeholders were brought on board to assist in ensuring that the initiative becomes successful, through the establishment of a steering committee.

The steering committee which will manage the fund, consist of nine members appointed by the council of which Angula is the chairperson.

Beneficiaries

One of its members, Iyaloo Dawid, said the fund is in line with HPP as part of government’s responsibility to take care of those in need and to create a conducive environment for all to succeed.

“It is in the same spirit that Ongwediva town council recognised the existence of different economic and social classifications in town that the mayoral fund was created to support where applicable,” stated Dawid.

According to her, the beneficiaries will be the residents of the town who beyond reasonable doubts are left in a desperate situation due to natural or man-made incidents.

Dr Tshali Iithete from Ongwediva MediPark Private Hospital, Jackson Muma, Loini Iyambo, Salome Shivute, Beata Angala, Elizabeth Nashandi and Elizabeth Malyu are other members of the fund’s steering committee. - Nampa

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