Windhoek deputy mayor, chairperson sacrificed

30 November 2018 Author   Eliaser Ndeyanale
Windhoek councillor has voted in compliance with Swapo directive when they held the local authority office bearers elections on Thursday this week.
Unlike what happened at Oshakati and Rundu town council where councillor disregarded Shaningwa’s directive.
Sources at the municipal council told this publication that Swapo secretary general Sophia Shaningwa, this week allegedly directed that the council appoint new deputy mayor and chairperson of the management committee.
This decision relegated two City of Windhoek councillors Mathew Amadhila and Teckla Uwanga to ordinary management committee members.
Amadhila, who was Chairperson of the City of Windhoek Management Committee, has been lowered to an ordinary council member and has been replaced by Agatha Ashilelo while Uwanga has been replaced by Loide Kaiyamo.
Amadhila’s demotion is said to be linked to his approval of suspended City of Windhoek Chief Executive Officer Robert Kahimise’s controversial study loan in hard currency without authorization from councillors.
Kazapua was nominated by swapo councillor Ian Subasubani, while Kaiyamo was nominated by Paulus Emmanuel. Ashilelo was chosen by Amadhila.  The nomination is just to rubber stamp the party’s directive.
Uwanga is known for causing the blunder that saw the municipality reinstate Kahimise after he was unprocedurally suspended in October.
She allegedly signed Kahimise’s suspension letter without reading its content.
Uwanga was elected deputy mayor in November last year.
Kaiyamo becomes the third deputy mayor in as many years after Uwanga replaced Fransina Kahungu, who was demoted for supporting a group calling itself “Team SWAPO” in the run up to the divisive Sixth SWAPO Party congress last November.
Other members of the management committee are Moses Shiikwa and Matilde Ukeva.
Mayor, Muesee Kazapua, surprisingly retained his position despite having been involved in the process that approved Kahimise’s controversial study loan.
In a letter addressed to Rural and Urban Development Minister, Peya Mushelenga, dated 18 October, Uwanga said the management committee only learnt about Kahimise’s study aid six months after it was granted.
Mushelenga is said to have asked the management committee to investigate both Kazapua and Amadhila over their alleged involvement in the study loan saga.
Kazapua is also being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Commission for allegedly abusing his official municipal credit card by buying meat, KFC meals and alcoholic beverages at a casino for personal use.
New Era reported two weeks ago that it had seen bank statements suggesting that Kazapua bought unidentified products worth over N$10,000 at RMT system (Pty) Ltd Namibia on 14 March this year.
He further bought meat at Readi Bites Meat Market worth a combined N$4,000 on three different occasions since last year December.
The mayor also spent over N$1,000 at a casino, banking statements show.
Kazapua described the allegations as a mere witch-hunt designed to weaken his prospects of being re-elected.
Other councillors such as Emmanuel, Kahungu, Subasubani and other opposition councillors like Popular Democratic Movement’s Ignatius Semba, NUDO and Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) councillor Joseph Kauandenge and Brunhilde Cornelius, respectively, will remain as ordinary councillors.
Shaningwa was not available for comment on Thursday before going to print.


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