Youngest governor humbled by appointment

18 December 2017 | Government

At the age of 29, Outjo mayor Marius Sheya has been appointed regional governor of Kunene, making him the youngest person to hold the position in the country's history.

Sheya was named by President Hage Geingob as the new political head of the region following the death of former governor Angelika Muharukua in October this year.

His appointment is effective 1 January 2018 and expires in two years' time.

In a brief interview with Namibian Sun, Sheya said the youth were ready to step up and claim their place in the running of the country's affairs. Regional governors are the link between the central government and the regional council, local authorities and the traditional leaders of the region.

They serve at the pleasure of the president as the appointing authority.

“President Hage Geingob expressed his confidence and trust in the ability, commitment and fairness with which the governor will be expected to discharge his duties and responsibilities,” a presidency statement read on Friday.

The youthful Sheya said Geingob's decision to appoint him was proof that he was ready, able and willing to groom young people for leadership positions.

“I am truly humbled by the president's decision to assign me for the region's top job. I am also very frightened not to mess up and close the doors for other young people.

“I know all eyes will now be on me, especially to see if the youth can get the job done. And, therefore, I intend to work very hard to prove that we are indeed ready and able,” he said.

Sheya believes his appointment is important at a time when youth empowerment is on everyone's lips.

“One of the main issues discussed these days is youth participation in decision-making. I could see the expectation expressed by many people on social media and many of these people are not necessarily from the Kunene Region. I promise to do my best for the people of Kunene,” he said.

JEMIMA BEUKES

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