By Eliaser Ndeyanale
A group of disgruntled youths from Ogongo constituency last week Wednesday petitioned the constituency councillor Wilhelm Iiyambo to speed up development in the area.
According to self-proclaimed constituency youth forum leader Samuel Shaanika who handed the petition to Iyambo, the petition is a call for action for Iiyambo to support the demands by the youths that should guide and facilitate meaningful youth development in the constituency.
“Your presence in the constituency must be felt instead of running your personal businesses of selling guavas and transporting people from Ogongo to Outapi. How would you feel if the voting man dethrones you because of your inability to deliver the services you promised during your campaigns?” read the petition.
Boasting about the ‘courage to petition the councillor’, the youth challenged, Iiyambo to tell them why capital projects announced 10 to 15 years ago slated for the constituency have not been completed or commissioned yet. They also cited among other matters, proper road network, need for a clinic, electricity and a secondary school, saying they would pass a vote of no confidence on him should he fail to implement the projects.
“Electricity is a basic need in everybody’s livelihood but under your administration came with loopholes, corruption and greediness thus we have few questions to pose (sic),” the group wrote in its petition.
Contacted for comment on Monday, Iiyambo gave his side before saying he would pass on the petition to the relevant authorities.
“Look, what we do as regional councillors is that we look at the needs of the constituencies and submit them to the line ministries to address them. We don’t get budgets from Government as these people perceive,” he said.
Iiyambo, who has been councillor for six years now, further added that he will present the petition to the Constituency Development Committee (CDC) saying that he could not provide the answers alone.
“If we give them the answers as they are asking, what are they going to do with them? These people are calling themselves a youth forum but we don’t know them.
These people are from the same family and one can really see that they have no knowledge of what they are talking about,” he said, adding that the petition was not written by a group of people because there are apparently phrases like “I personally” and that it had only been signed by one person.
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