Windhoek city fathers urged to up their game

Windhoek – Efficient service delivery and the rolling out of programmes set up for the development of the City of Windhoek, particularly the informal settlements should be the council’s priority this year, says Matthew Shikongo, the mayor of Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek. He called on the city council to be committed and work tirelessly to ensure that the mandate the council has set for the residents is achieved. “We should fast track our programmes on poverty eradications among our residents, particularly in the informal settlements. Our efforts and activities in these areas should be visible and felt by the people who have given us the mandate,” said the mayor, who was speaking at the monthly city council meetings on Wednesday evening. He said council has made allocations towards the improvement of sanitation and electrification in the informal settlements of Windhoek, which are among projects he would want to see been rolled out before the end of the current budget. Shikongo said there was a need for council to strengthen its programmes particularly in the area of job creation, poverty eradication and economic empowerment. He also used the platform to commend the Swapo party and President Hifikepunye Pohamba on November election victory. During the council meeting however, councilor Werner Classen of the UDF disputed the credibility of the election results saying the results are currently being challenged in court. In response to Classen, the mayor said he was reiterating what has already been pronounced. This year marks the last term of the current city council’s mandate to serve the residents of Windhoek as a council. The Regional and Local Authority elections of a new City Council will be held in November 2010.

February 2010
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