Shaningwa reads riot act

The days of corrupt activities are over, minister Sophia Shaningwa warned on Friday.

17 July 2017 | Local News

Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa has read the riot act to “corrupt” City of Windhoek officials, saying maladministration will no longer be tolerated.

Calling the city out on several issues, Shaningwa said she is not sleeping on the job and “boetie-boetie” relationships will not be tolerated as it does not benefit the country.

“My office is inundated with complaints [from] residents that are being treated unfairly and mistreated by the municipal council. Residents have approached my office in the hope that there will be administrative justice,” she said during the launch of the City of Windhoek's strategic plan for 2017 to 2022 on Friday morning.

She said that the success of the plan depends on its implementation and if its execution goes wrong everything will fail.

Shaningwa castigated the city's officials, accusing them of taking decisions on their own accord, which resulted in unnecessary legal action.

Shaningwa urged the municipal leadership to take charge and make sure that accountability prevails.

She further said she had been informed about restructuring and deployment of city officials.

“While this is taking place with good intentions, I caution that this should be done within the laws of the country and financial resources available,” she said. She further stressed that it should not be a situation where restructuring is done with a “friends and foes” system in mind.

“I know what is going on in all 57 local authorities in the country. I am on the ball.

“I do not sit in the office with the air cons and what happens in Windhoek also reaches my ears. I am not sleeping,” she said. According to Shaningwa, sometimes things are not healthy at local authorities, because there is no administrative justice and too little resources.

She further highlighted the slow pace at which the city has been providing serviced land, saying that the delivery of serviced residential land in Windhoek has been very disappointing.

“Yes resources are an issue, but the city should not struggle alone, it should be assisted.”

Shaningwa said although the topography of Windhoek makes it difficult to provide serviced land, more should be done. According to her the city should enter into public-private partnerships (PPPs) for assistance.

“None of this “boetie-boetie” business. This will not help our country.”

She said that the majority of the country is swimming in poverty while a few individuals are benefiting.

“When are they going to get satisfied? To address these challenges it can no longer be business as usual. The answers to these challenges are in the strategic plan. It just needs to be implemented.”

According to her, most local authorities of today are faced with many challenges, such as the scarcity of land, sanitation, housing and finances, and she says that Windhoek is no exception.

“Windhoek attracts many migrants that are seeking to improve their living standards with better jobs.

“This large scale migration has proved to be a challenge for the city and resulted in a mushrooming of informal settlements,” she noted.



No duplication

Meanwhile, Khomas governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua said Windhoek represents more than 98% of the region's populace and the strategic plan is therefore important to ensure that no duplications take place. According to her, one of the goals of the plan is to formalise the informal settlements around Windhoek. “This will be a mammoth task.”

A total of N$25 million has been budgeted during this financial year for servicing informal settlements.

City of Windhoek CEO Robert Kahimise said the needs of the residents are increasing and different solutions are necessary to address the challenges faced.

“We have to change our approach to the challenges out there, if we can achieve that, then service delivery in Windhoek will be transformed,” he said.

Among others, the city furthermore aims to become fully financially accountable by providing clean audits.

“There are leakages [financial] in the city, there is a lot of money lying on the ground and a lot of money lying in people's pockets. It is time to regroup and collect what belongs to the city.”

According to him, the N$500 million debtors' book needs to be dealt with.



ELLANIE SMIT

Similar News

 

Locals 'ripped' off in land sales

11 hours ago | Local News

The chief of the Uukwangali Traditional Authority, Eugene Siwombe Kudumo, is concerned about the issue where locals sell their land along the Okavango River to...

Bogus land sales rock Rundu

11 hours ago | Local News

A senior employee of the Rundu Town Council (RTC) has been handed over to the Sisa Namandje Legal Practitioner Law Firm in respect of an...

Ompumbwe yomahooli monooli ya kandulwa po

11 hours ago | Local News

Ehangano lyomahooli olya tula po oompungulilo yomahooli mOndangwa onga omukalo gwokuya moshipala ompumbwe yomahooli monooli unene pomathimbo gomafudho.Ominista yIikwankondo nIikwamina, Obeth Kandjoze, oya pandula ehangano...

Inamu landitha po we evi lyeni- Omukwaniilwa Kudumo

11 hours ago | Local News

Sho a ningi oonkundathana noshifkundnaeki shoNamibian Sun moNkurenkuru moshitopolwa shaKavango West, Kudumo okwa popi kutya aantu ye mboka yeli popepi nomulonga otaya tembuka nokulanditha po...

Aanona yekondjelomanguluko yaponokela aanambelewa yokudhima omulilo

11 hours ago | Local News

Kape na ngoka a tulwa miipandeko mEtitano lya piti, sho aanyasha mboka ya valelwa mekondjelomanguluko muupongekwa ya ponokele iiyenditho yaantu mwakwatelwa oshiyenditho shaanambelewa yokudhima omulilo.Iiponokela...

Omundohotola Ndume a tumbalekwa

11 hours ago | Local News

Epapa ndyoka olya gandjwa komukwaniilwa gUukwanyama Martha Mwadinomho Kristian Nelumbu, mOlyomakaya pombala yoshilongo shUukwanyama, mOmhedi.Oshituthi shoka osha kaliwa kaakwashigwana, aaleli yopamuthigululwakalo oshowo yopapolotika, ...

Fishermen claim 200 hours overtime

1 day - 24 July 2017 | Local News

The office of the Labour Commissioner at Walvis Bay last week advised two fishermen Sam Frans and Abisai Katula not to lodge a dispute with...

Ovenduka tayi kondjo mokukaleka po oonzo dhomeya

1 day - 24 July 2017 | Local News

Elelo lyoshilando shaVenduka otali longo nuudhiginini opo li vule okuyambulapo oonzo dhomeya moshilando shoka shataalela onkalo yompumbwe yomeya, na osha hala okushunitha pevi omwaalu gwomeya...

Aalongi yomomeya taya pula iifuta yolutayima yoowili 200

1 day - 24 July 2017 | Local News

Ombelewa yaKomufala gwAaniilonga mOmbaye, oya gandja omayele kaaniilonga yaali yomomeya Sam Frans naAbisai Katula opo kaya tulilemo oshipotha ehangano lyoMarco Fishing omolwa iifuta yawo yolutayima...

Inaku tokolwa natango kombinga yoRCC

1 day - 24 July 2017 | Local News

Ominista yoPublic Enterprises, Leon Jooste oya popi mEtitano lya piti kutya inaku ningwa natango etokolo kombinga yonakuyiwa yehangano lyoRoads Construction Company (RCC).Jooste okwa popi kutya...

Latest News

Swapo to deal with Swartbooi

11 hours ago | Politics

JEMIMA BEUKES Swapo secretary-general Nangolo Mbumba says the ruling party will deal with parliamentarian Bernadus Swartbooi over controversial comments he made at the weekend in...

Under-fire governor claims he was...

11 hours ago | Cultural

ILENI NANDJATOOmusati governor Erginus Endjala has apologised for private remarks in which he spoke against the Aandonga people and certain politicians.An hour-long audio recording involving...

Namibian rhino to be sculpted...

11 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

ELLANIE SMIT A life-sized rhino made from Namibian marble and sculpted by a world-renowned artist will soon be auctioned...

State to appeal Hoff conviction

11 hours ago | Justice

FRED GOEIEMAN The State is not satisfied that a woman who had conspired to kill her husband was only found...

Hardap alleviates Neckartal water woes

11 hours ago | Infrastructure

STAFF REPORTERNamWater will funnel crucial water from the Hardap Dam to the Neckartal Dam construction site in order to alleviate critical water shortages there and...

TransNamib manager out on bail

11 hours ago | Justice

CATHERINE SASMANTransNamib’s head of procurement accused of corruption, Chris Simataa, was granted bail of N$60 000 by the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Friday and was...

Desert Rose EIA under scrutiny

11 hours ago | Infrastructure

The developers of the Desert Rose project are keen to get the project rolling, having recently submitted an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the N$8-billion...

Brother nabbed for fondling sister

11 hours ago | Crime

The Namibian police at Okatope in the Oshikoto Region on Sunday arrested a 27-year-old man for allegedly fondling the genitals of his biological sister.The crime...

Two men arrested for ivory

11 hours ago | Crime

Two residents of Katutura who were on Friday found in possession of two elephant tusks briefly appeared in the Magistrate's Court in Windhoek yesterday morning....

Load More