MANAGEMENT squabbles at the City of Windhoek have dominated the news for quite some time now. Currently two of the most senior officials at the loacal authority – the Chief Executive Officer Robert Kahimise and City Police boss Abraham Kanime – are both on suspension.
This state of affairs does not augur well for the management of the country’s top city and the hub of economic activity. The situation is also worsened by the fact there seems to be confusion in the Windhoek Council over key decisions taken.
The recent decision to suspend CEO Kahimise over his N$170 000 unapproved study loan was mired in controversy as the mayor Muesee Kazapua pleaded ignorance to the Council decision. It later emerged that Deputy Mayor Teckla Uwanga received a go ahead from Urban and Rural Development Minister Peya Mushelenga to suspend Kahimise pending investigations into the sudy loan saga.
For a long time, Windhoek has been a hotbed of squabbles pitting senior members of management against each other or against the Council. Some wranglings within the city management have been laced with tribal undertones. It’s no secret that the current CEO and the head of the City Police do not see eye to eye, as Kanime has accused Kahimise for masterminding his suspension.
This has virtually cripppled the functionality of the local authority and also affected the implementation of key projects in the City.
Windhoek, as the centre for Namibia’s economic activity, cannot afford to have a disfunctional local authority. The City is currently under immense pressure to deliver much-needed services to its growing population, as well as to the business community. This requires Management and the Council to pull together for the benefit of the residents.
Already, it’s no secret that the City has been battling financially, as residents and businesses struggle to pay their municipal bills due to the prevailing tough economic climate.
The City Fathers must work towards uniting the top management for the sake of Windhoek’s progress. The City cannot afford to be bogged down in management squabbles when it should be focussing on finding solutions to the various challenges being faced by its resident.
We hope common sense will prevail in the management of the capital City, sooner rather than later.
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