Daily Archives: November 24, 2012

Ekandjo pledges to be servant of people if elected Swapo Party Vice President

WINDHOEK; Jerry Ekandjo has vowed to be “a simple servant of the people” if he is elected to the post of Swapo-Party Vice-President.

Speaking at a rally held in Windhoek on Saturday, the Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, who is one of three candidates vying for the position of the party’s vice-president (VP), also pledged to “defend Namibia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and to build on the strong foundations laid by former president Dr Sam Nujoma”.

Incumbent VP and Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Hage Geingob, and the party’s Secretary-General Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana are the other candidates contesting the position of Swapo Vice-President to be decided on during the Swapo-Party Congress slated for 29 November to 02 December in Windhoek.

Ekandjo on Saturday called on delegates to the Swapo-Party Congress and Namibians in general to stand with him in the contest.

“Let your delegates know what I will do and ask them to give me their full support. I am asking you to have confidence in me to deliver on the pledge I make before you today. I am going into this contest guided by the noble ideas of the Swapo-Party, for which the martyrs of our revolution have made supreme sacrifices,” he pleaded.

He said people want to know from him what he will do when elected, adding that the Swapo-Party has a political programme and election manifesto that need implementation.

“I do not propagate ‘Ekandjonomics.’ I believe in continuity, with the accelerated implementation of the Swapo-Party manifesto as well as the realisation of the country’s Vision 2030,” he said.

Ekandjo indicated that he will stand for the manifestation of the Swapo-Party economic struggle as contained in the party’s political programme through “solidarity with the down-trodden, freedom for the oppressed and social justice for the disadvantaged”.

 

He also said his immediate task if elected to power is that he will ensure that the party’s political programme realises that bringing about social justice requires the adoption and implementation of progressive policies aimed at creating equal opportunities in all spheres of life in Namibia.

He explained that these policies, amongst others, are rural development, land re-distribution especially in urban areas, access to quality education and health-care, and infrastructure development.

Also during the rally, Ekandjo introduced Foreign Affairs Minister Utoni Nujoma who is contesting the position of Secretary-General (SG) for the Swapo-Party. He will be running against Minister of Safety and Security, Nangolo Mbumba.

Hundreds of people, especially youths, flocked to Independence Stadium where the rally was held. They were entertained with songs by the Ndilimani Cultural Troupe and a few other local artists.

About 600 delegates from the party’s different wings, unions and political regions are expected to attend next weekend’s congress which will elect the vice-president of the party who will ultimately stand as the party’s candidate in the 2014 presidential elections.

It will also elect the party’s SG and deputy SG.

During the Swapo-Party Central Committee meeting that took place late last month, Education Minister Dr Abraham Iyambo was also nominated from the floor to contest the post of Swapo-Party Deputy SG, while Omaheke Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua was endorsed to vie for the Deputy SG post.

Outjo residents refuse to accept proposal that they start receiving policing services

OUTJO; Outjo residents, with the backing of their local and regional councillors, yesterday refused to accept a proposal that they start receiving policing services from the police at Opuwo.

Outjo is situated in the Kunene Region, but its policing affairs have been run by the Otjozondjupa regional police management since before Independence.

Speaking at a consultative meeting at the Outjo Municipality Chambers yesterday, the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga said the entire police force is in the process of being realigned in accordance with Namibia’s political regions.

Several residents vowed to not co-operate should such a decision be implemented, and told Ndeitunga that they would prefer to continue receiving their policing services from the Otjiwarongo police headquarters, rather than from Opuwo.

Albertus !Naseeb, a senior Outjo traditional councillor in the !Gaio-Daman Traditional Authority, said based on the distance to Opuwo, he was not in agreement with the transferral of Outjo’s policing services to the Opuwo police headquarters.

Ndeitunga gave in to the Outjo residents’ demands, saying as this was what the community wanted, he would grant their request.

Oshakati Town Council wants more support for the vulnerable

OSHAKATI; The Oshakati Town Council held an early Christmas party for senior citizens and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) at a local hotel on Friday.

Speaking during the event, Oshakati Mayor Onesmus Shilunga said the town council aims to ensure the delivery of quality services to its residents.

The mayor told those present that the council and the community members cooperated on various development programmes this year.

In its quest to improve the town’s infrastructure, Shilunga said, the town council this year awarded projects to various contractors at the town, such as the construction of the Spar-Bank Windhoek storm water channel worth N.dollars 6.5 million and the walkway along Sam Nujoma Road to the tune of N.dollars 2.5 million.

The council also spent about N.dollars 500 on fencing off the town’s dumpsite during this financial year.

Some planned programmes could however not be carried out due to financial limitations.

Part of the Oshakati Town Council’s social responsibility, Shilunga said, is to show appreciation to its community “by showing love and care to marginalised groups”.

“That is why we have invited our senior citizens and orphans and vulnerable children in our town to join us,” he noted, while at the same time calling on the business community to join the council in its efforts to address the needs of vulnerable residents. The council handed over gifts to the senior citizens and OVC during the Christmas party.

Minister launches construction of Oshapapa-Epumbu District Road

OSHALI; Works and Transport Minister Erkki Nghimtina officially launched the construction of the Oshapapa-Epumbu District Road (DR) 3657 during a groundbreaking ceremony at Oshali village yesterday. The village is situated in the Oshikoto Region’s Olukonda constituency.

The 31,4 kilometre road will be constructed over the next 15 months, with construction set to cost N.dollars 43 million.

The Oshapapa-Epumbu road is to be upgraded to gravel standard and will provide community members with better access to various schools such as the Ontananga Combined School (CS), Shanamutango CS, Esheshete CS, Amunime CS, Iipopo CS; as well as to health facilities such as the Onakazizi Clinic.

The five SME contractors involved in the construction of the Oshapapa-Epumbu gravel road are Robby Trading Enterprises, Kulla Trading Enterprises, Walcon Trading Enterprises, Ngowina Trading Enterprises and Epatululo Trading Enterprises.

Local company Nexus Construction will be the main contractor involved in the project, working in partnership with the five SME contractors.

Olukonda Constituency to get first district road soon

OSHALI; Works and Transport Minister Erkki Nghimtina officially launched the construction of the Oshapapa-Epumbu District Road (DR) 3657 during a groundbreaking ceremony at Oshali village on Friday.

The village is situated in the Oshikoto Region’s Olukonda constituency.

The 31,4 kilometre road will be constructed over the next 15 months, with construction set to cost N.dollars 43 million.

The Oshapapa-Epumbu road is to be upgraded to gravel standard and will provide community members with better access to various schools such as the Ontananga Combined School (CS), Shanamutango CS, Esheshete CS, Amunime CS, Iipopo CS; as well as to health facilities such as the Onakazizi Clinic.

It is also hoped that the upgraded Oshapapa-Epumbu gravel road will result in less road accidents in the area.

“The road will be constructed by means of labour-based methods and will create social and economic benefits for the involved local communities and businesses,” Nghimtina told the gathering.

He pointed out that approximately 200 local labourers will be employed during the construction of the road.

According to Nghimtina, the construction of gravel roads by labour-based methods provides a good opportunity for small and medium enterprise (SME) contractors to enter the road construction business.

“I am pleased to announce that, on this project, about 44,4 per cent of the total project cost will be paid to SME contractors,” he stated.

The five SME contractors involved in the construction of the Oshapapa-Epumbu gravel road are Robby Trading Enterprises, Kulla Trading Enterprises, Walcon Trading Enterprises, Ngowina Trading Enterprises and Epatululo Trading Enterprises.

Local company Nexus Construction will be the main contractor involved in the project, working in partnership with the five SME contractors.