Parliament is delaying coalition agreement

30 April 2021 | Politics

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WINDHOEK



Popular Democratic Movement secretary-general Manuel Ngaringombe says opposition parties in the Windhoek city council have been unable to finalise a coalition agreement because of parliamentary duties.

Following the regional and local authority elections held last year, councillors representing the PDM, Affirmative Repositioning, Independent Patriots for Change and National Unity Democratic Union are yet to sign an agreement formalising their coalition.

“The parties are busy with parliament, it's just that delay,” Ngaringombe said.

He felt that it was necessary for the coalition to agree on the terms, saying: “We have to have a strategic document.”

Despite the delay, he said the coalition was working on addressing the needs of Windhoek's residents.



'No cracks'

Ngaringombe also denied that the delay was brought on by cracks in the coalition.

“There are no cracks; outsiders are praying for cracks. With [the parliamentary] recess, we might have time to sign,” Ngaringombe said.

IPC spokesperson Imms Nashinge said the agreement had nothing to do with how the councillors were going about their work for the City.

“What is a coalition agreement? Page what is it on the Local Authority Act of 1992? [The] coalition agreement has nothing to do with what we must achieve as coalition, or in your view are we violating the laws of the republic for doing our work without the so-called coalition agreement?” Nashinge asked.

The coalition has elected councillors to the council's management committee.

They include AR leader Job Amupanda as mayor, the PDM's Claudia Hanases as deputy mayor and the IPC's Filemon Hambuda as chairperson of the management committee.

Other members of the management committee are IPC councillors Ndeshihafela Larandja and Desiree Davids, AR member Illse Keister and Nudo member Joseph Uapingene.

Councillors representing Swapo and the Landless People's Movement are serving as ordinary council members.

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