Windhoek — Long-serving City Council member Agnes Kafula was yesterday elected as Windhoek's new mayor.
Muezee Kazapua will serve as her deputy.
Kafula has taken over the reins from Alderwoman Elaine Trepper, who served in that position for the last two years, while Kazapua takes over from Gerson Kamatuka, who also served for two years.
The newly elected mayor said her leadership agenda is driven by a commitment to address bread and butter issues by improving the living conditions of residents in the informal settlements through the provision of potable water, sanitation, electricity, housing and jobs.
"We are mindful of the acute shortage of serviced land and vow to fast-track land delivery projects for residential and commercial development," she said.
The new mayor reiterated that the municipality will increase efforts to create a sustainable environment in a period when the city's resources, in terms of water and electricity provision, will be under increased strain.
"We will intensify our programmes on solid waste management and clean city initiatives, to ensure that we leave a sustainable legacy for future generations."
Kafula said she will redouble efforts to improve the quality of interaction with residents and clients, whether at call centres or council offices.
"It is thus important to emphasise that both management and staff will be aware of the fact that they will be held accountable for the quality of services they deliver," said Kafula.
Kafula noted that government development requires transformational leadership that will not hesitate to make meaningful interventions in the fight against poverty, unemployment and underdevelopment. She also stressed that the council will not be able to make it if they cannot solicit the support of residents, the private sector, development partners and other critical role players.
New members to the management committee include Kahungu Fransina, Moses Shiikwa, Alderwoman Elaine Trepper, Moonde John and Veicko Mwadhina.