5 December 2012

Namibia: Karibib Elects New Town Council Members

Windhoek — Councillor David Iipinge has been re-elected as the mayor and chairperson of the Karibib Town Council.

Councillor Lina Constantin-Upani has been elected as the deputy mayor and vice-chairperson of the council, while councillor Milton Ya Otto was elected as the chairperson of the Management Committee.

Meriam Shikulo and Christian Nguherimo are the other members of the Management Committee, while Yollanda Skini and Peter Kausiona are the other council members.

The election took place on November 26 at the council chamber under the watchful eye of Karibib Magistrate Ruben Mutuku.

"I wish to pledge hard work and to serve the town with dedication and unwavering loyalty as we did in the past with respect and dignity to our fellow residents of Karibib," said Iipinge in his acceptance speech.

He said the challenges that confront the town call for renewed commitment towards the real interests of the town and the communities. "We are the servants of the nation, and the messengers of the community of Karibib, thus I implore you honourable councillors to deliver satisfactory services to the inhabitants of Karibib," Iipinge implored his fellow councillors.

Karibib faces many challenges, including the provision of housing, water, sanitation and electricity and Iipinge called on town councillors to demonstrate the good practice of transparency and honesty to the public in addressing the challenges.

"Laziness, non-performance are something of the past, deliver and deliver is the song of the term and commitment is the theme of our [council] chamber. Dishonesty and corruption have no place in this town, let us make the Karibib Town Council a [corruption] free zone. Addressing the key basic needs of our communities is the best thing to focus on; creating a platform of problem addressing is the good governance of the town we are leading. Resolutions are being taken, it is time to take stock of what has been outstanding and review performance in order to intensify our ability [to deliver]," he said.

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