RUNDU: The Local Authority Councillors of the Rundu Town Council have decided not to renew the employment contract of their Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Romanus Haironga.
The Rundu Town Council’s management committee resolved at its council meeting held late last month not to renew Haironga’s employment contract, which comes to an end on 30 October this year.
The Rundu CEO has, however, denied that there is any bad blood between the town’s political office-bearers and him that could possibly have led to his contract not being extended.
Speaking in an interview with this reporter on Tuesday, Haironga said he has had good working relations with the office-bearers since taking office on 01 November 2007.
“The disagreements I have had with the councillors were in terms of policies. That does not necessarily mean we had conflicts,” he stated.
He confirmed that he was, at the beginning of this month, issued with a letter informing him that his employment contract would not be renewed.
Haironga said he nonetheless remains in the dark as no reasons were provided to him for the non-extension of his contract, but he indicated that he hopes to be provided with reasons, come 30 October.
Speaking about his term in office, the Rundu Town Council CEO boasted that a lot of tangible developments took place, of which the more notable developments include several by-laws and regulations which have been gazetted and are currently being implemented.
He said the council used to receive a lot of complaints from community members about poor service delivery, something which he says has now been reduced, thanks to the prompt response of the council’s office-bearers.
Other developments which took place include the number of capital projects such as road construction, which was successfully completed in the town’s informal settlements, and the establishment of the council’s four satellite offices which offer a convenient location for residents to pay their municipals bills.
He went on to state that more areas within the town boundaries have been allocated for development and are being cleared for housing, business and industrial purposes.
The town also has a solid financial standing, and is able to meet its obligations in terms of paying creditors.
Meanwhile, the youthful Haironga stated that he now intends to seek other employment opportunities, or engage into early farming activities.
The position of the Rundu CEO will be advertised shortly before the contract ends on 30 October.
Before Haironga’s appointment in November 2007, the Rundu Town Council had been without a permanent CEO for four years. Former CEO Lukas Muhepa was suspended in 2004.
Muhepa was subsequently compensated with an amount of about N.dollars 2 million after a long court battle, in which he accused the council of unfair dismissal.