Rundu in disarray

It is still unclear when new office-bearers for the Rundu town council will be elected and sworn in, as the infighting among the town's five Swapo councillors continues.

28 December 2018 | Politics

The Rundu town council remains in limbo and is yet to elect new office-bearers, as infighting among ruling party councillors continues to throw the municipality into disarray.

Three of the five ruling party councillors are refusing to implement a directive issued by Swapo secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa that says the existing office-bearers structure should be retained.

The trio are against the directive because it will result in Verna Sinimbo being re-elected as mayor for the fourth consecutive time.

Sinimbo is accused of not being a good leader and issues like the filthiness of the town have been blamed on her.

This resulted in a boycott of the election and swearing-in of office-bearers that was supposed to be held on 22 November, and ever since then, the town council has had councillors without portfolios.

According to the Swapo rules and procedures for office-bearers, the election and swearing-in of new office-bearers should take place at least 30 days before the end of the old council leadership's term. Swapo Kavango East regional coordinator, Ottilie Shinduvi said she still has to meet with the councillors and decide on a new date for the election and swearing-in ceremony.

Meanwhile, the two non-Swapo councillors who serve on the Rundu town council - Reginald Ndara from the Rundu Concerned Citizens Association (RCCA) and Mathews Wakudumo from the All People's Party (APP) - have expressed their disappointment.

Ndara said recently that the infighting among the Swapo councillors demonstrated that they valued positions above the needs of the people.

“This is an indication that the Swapo local authority councillors in Rundu are not serious about the execution of their responsibilities, as mandated by the residents.

“Instead of engaging themselves in constructive discussions, in order to find workable solutions to the problems experienced by the residents of Rundu, they are busy fighting amongst themselves for positions,” Ndara said in a statement.

Rundu has been making headlines recently due to its water debt, its filthiness and its inability to provide serviced land and houses to its residents, which the councillors are partly blaming on Sinimbo's “dictatorial leadership style”.

“As much as we are all equal councillors of the Rundu town council, most decisions are influenced by the mayor; it's either her way or the highway. We cannot allow that to happen any longer,” the disgruntled Swapo councillors said in a previous interview with Namibian Sun.

Apart from concerns over Sinimbo's leadership, the concerned councillors also want to know which party rules and procedures gave Shaningwa the power to “dish out” directives.

“In the rules and procedure book of the Swapo Party, nowhere does it talk about the secretary-general issuing directives; in fact, it gives us the guidelines for how office-bearers are elected. We are tired of being dictated to; we are on the ground and we know what is best for our town,” the councillors said.

In an earlier interview with Namibian Sun, Shaningwa confirmed she had issued the directive, but refused to entertain any further questions.

“Swapo has given a directive and if there is any communication or diversion from the directive, then I don't think it should be dealt with through newspapers,” she said.

Sinimbo also made headlines last year when she was delegated by the party's Rundu rural district to attend the Swapo elective congress, when in fact she is a member of the Rundu urban district.

She was subsequently elected onto the Swapo central committee.

These and other discrepancies now form part of an unfolding High Court battle in which a group is seeking to have last year's elective congress declared unconstitutional, unlawful or invalid.

The group also want the results of the Swapo top four and central committee elections set aside.

The court battle came nearly a year after an unprecedented bruising campaign and congress, which saw President Hage Geingob and his slate under the Team Harambee banner contesting against a faction that called itself Team Swapo.


Similar News


Swartbooi unrepentant about conduct in National Assembly

3 hours ago | Politics

WINDHOEKLandless People’s Movement (LPM) leader Bernadus Swartbooi remains unrepentant about his party’s conduct in parliament, saying it is a vibrant institution where “some tolerance for...

Covid only for the poor - APP

3 hours ago | Politics

KENYA KAMBOWERUNDUAll People’s Party (APP) secretary-general Vincent Kanyetu has questioned whether Covid-19 regulations are only applicable to the poor.He argues that the party has observed...

Seibeb, Swartbooi suspension ‘plagued by irregularities’

1 week ago - 15 July 2021 | Politics

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKA legal analyst says the indefinite suspensions of Landless People’s Movement (LPM) members of parliament Bernadus Swartbooi and Henny Seibeb has been plagued by...

Namibia has gone to the dogs – Nambinga

2 weeks ago - 08 July 2021 | Politics

Kenya Kambowe Rundu Former Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) president Jeremiah Nambinga...

APP to pay recalled councillor N$200k

2 weeks ago - 07 July 2021 | Politics

KENYA KAMBOWE RUNDU The Windhoek High Court has ordered the All People’s Party (APP) to pay its former Grootfontein local councillor,...

PDM's Muharukua promises open door

2 weeks ago - 07 July 2021 | Politics

TUYEIMO HAIDULAOSHAKATIThe Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) candidate for the Opuwo Rural constituency by-election, Uakaisiua Melchizedek Muharukua, says he will have an open-door policy in order...

PDM’s Muharukua celebrates sweeping victory

2 weeks ago - 06 July 2021 | Politics

NAMPAOPUWOThe Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) candidate for the Opuwo Rural Constituency by-election, Western Muharukua, took to the streets of Opuwo to celebrate his victory on...

Covid-19: Swapo calls off election rallies in Opuwo Rural

3 weeks ago - 29 June 2021 | Politics

NAMPAOPUWOThe Swapo Party has called off all its planned rallies for the Opuwo Rural Constituency by-election amidst skyrocketing Covid-19 cases and tightened health regulations announced...

ECN ordered to avail spoilt Ndonga Linena ballots

1 month - 24 June 2021 | Politics

Kenya Kambowe RUNDUThe Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has been ordered by the electoral court to allow the All People’s Party (APP) access to the...

Hands off Geingob – Swapo coordinators

1 month - 17 June 2021 | Politics

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKSwapo regional coordinators have come out guns blazing in defence of President Hage Geingob, who was called an ‘idiot’...

Latest News

Toddler drowns in oshikundu, as...

3 hours ago | Accidents

TUYEIMO HAIDULAOSHAKATI A one-year-old child drowned in a bucket of homebrew on Friday afternoon at Akalungu village, Outapi Constituency, in the Omusati Region.The region’s police...

Swartbooi unrepentant about conduct in...

3 hours ago | Politics

WINDHOEKLandless People’s Movement (LPM) leader Bernadus Swartbooi remains unrepentant about his party’s conduct in parliament, saying it is a vibrant institution where “some tolerance for...

Cabinet instructs home affairs to...

3 hours ago | International

NAMPAWINDHOEKCabinet has directed the immigration ministry to enter into an agreement with the Burundian government and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) which...

Politics over service delivery

3 hours ago | Opinion

The fights in the Windhoek city council comes at a time when the majority of Windhoek residents are yearning for leadership to solve their daily...

11-month-old baby girl raped

3 hours ago | Crime

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThree children raped over the weekendThree suspects have been arrested for the rape of minors in different regions of the country on Saturday.A 24-year-old...

GBV cases drop, Covid-19 may...

3 hours ago | Crime

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKA total of 2 643 gender-based violence (GBV)cases were recorded in 2020/2021 in comparison to the 5 427 reported in 2019/2020.The Covid-19 pandemic regulations...

Namibians must manage Recon, says...

3 hours ago | Energy

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKOil exploration company Recon Africa says Namibians stand to benefit significantly if they take ownership of the oil exploration project, and not just from...

Erongo’s ‘slow’ vaccine roll-out

3 hours ago | Health

IRENE-MARI VAN DER WALSWAKOPMUNDErongo governor Neville Andre has announced that he will be inflating the region’s daily vaccination target from 400 to 1 000 through...

Beware of criminals posing as...

3 hours ago | Crime

ESTER KAMATIOTJIWARONGOPeople in the Tsumkwe Constituency last month fell victim to a man who passed himself off as a constable by the name of Martin...

Load More