WINDHOEK: A meeting organised by the City of Windhoek to inform members of the public about the extension of the capital’s municipal boundaries has been postponed to next Thursday.
The meeting, which was supposed to take place at the City’s council chambers on Wednesday, could not take place as a number of the attendees, most of who reside outside Windhoek, started leaving when they became impatient after waiting about 30 minutes for Chief Executive Officer Niilo Taapopi to make his appearance at the meeting.
Taapopi had been engaged in a different meeting and City of Windhoek urban planner Browny Mutirifa announced that the CEO would only join the meeting at a later stage.
As Mutirifa was about to start reading a speech prepared for delivery by Taapopi, the attendees however started complaining about him not being there to address the meeting.
About 40 of those present at the meeting then walked out while demanding that the CEO be present to address their concerns about the plans to extend the capital’s boundaries.
Some of the attendees alleged that Taapopi had not been taking the meeting seriously and does not care about residents’ problems.
A few minutes later, the CEO arrived at the council chambers and apologised to those still present there.
An agreement was then reached for the meeting to be moved to next Thursday at 11h00.
The meeting will look at how the extension of the boundaries will affect existing land use rights; the provision of municipal operational services in the extended boundary area; the calculation and payment of municipal rates and taxes versus the existing payment of land tax at the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement; and the provision and maintenance of infrastructure in the extended boundary area.