Rundu Concerned Citizens Association (RCCA) Gears for Local Authority election
Written by Mbangu Mathews on August 15, 2020
RCCA, a registered civic association chaired by Mr. Reginald Reggie Ndara, held its general meeting in Rundu on 9 August 2020 to deliberate on a number of issues.
Topping the agenda, was the upcoming local authority elections slated to take place on 25 November this year, mistreatment of street vendors by Rundu Town Council, and many other issues such as the acts of intimidation towards the members of RCCA.
During the meeting, the RCCA, amongst many resolutions that were taken, appealed to the government to fund community based associations represented in local authority councils throughout the country to help strengthen local democracy.
The same call was made during a consultative meeting which was facilitated by the Law Reform Commission of Namibia in Rundu on 9 February in 2012.
Furthermore, the association reaffirmed its commitment to serve as the voice for Rundu residents on social and economic aspects, and said it shall participate in the upcoming local authority elections.
It also postponed– within a scope of a year break– its elective annual general meeting which was going to take place in September this year to the same month next year, and attributed the postponement to the much spoken virus – Covid-19.
On a recap of matters, Mr Reginald Reggie Ndara served on the council which was disgraced by the former line Minister, Dr Peya Mushelenga after he deemed it necessary to suspend the council due to the infighting within the SWAPO party councelors which, according to him, hindered the delivery of service to the residents of Rundu.
The suspension did not sit well with the suspended council, citing that proper procedures in their suspension were not followed, and they were not served with suspension letters stating the conditions of their suspension.
Mr Sebastiana Kantema was then appointed by the line Ministry as the Caretaker for Rundu Town Council, and his tenure is rumored to end in September this year.
At the moment, RCCA, is in the process of identifying and nominating competent, skilful and experienced candidates to participate in the much awaited local authority elections. 8