Outgoing Walvis Bay mayor reflects on term of office
19 November 2020 | Local News
Immanuel Wilfred; Outgoing mayor; “…afford each other the opportunity to vote for candidates who best represent your interests (without false promises)…”
The mayor of Walvis Bay Immanuel Wilfred reflected on his most recent five-year term at the last ordinary council meeting.
The current council’s term of office ends at midnight on 24 November 2020, a day ahead of the regional and local authority elections.
Wilfred said that it is with mixed feelings that he addressed the last ordinary council for 2020.
“My hope is that I have carried out my duties and tasks flowing from this noble and privileged position to your satisfaction. Being mayor of this beautiful town is a memory that I will cherish with the hope that those who come after our tenure, will have the same love if not more to seeing our residents live in a safe and happy environment where human dignity and the pursuit of happiness take centre stage.”
Wilfred said that in his inaugural speech he promised to serve the entire community of Walvis Bay in the same way his predecessors did and undertook to improve on their successes.
“I have been part of many developmental projects that saw Walvis Bay position itself as a true industrial town that was and is able to attract major investors. I was able to realize many ambitious projects with a great impact to our city, such as the port expansion, the development of Farm 37, and the implementation of many projects aided by the 5% of our budget that the Walvis Bay Council contributes to regional development projects.”
Wilfred highlighted a number of challenges brought on by Covid-19 and the devastating fire that ripped through Twaloloka (now Otweya). He singled out Chandler Plato and Quezzi Gariseb, who lost their lives to the disease.
“They paid the ultimate price for their unwavering dedication, compassion, and willingness to assist the health professions and the community at large during the pandemic.”
According to Wilfred, one of the biggest efforts undertaken by council was to fight the housing problem.
“The town is slowly moving towards creating housing for all and eventually will be able to be shack-free with the assistance and involvement of the ministry of urban and rural development, the governor of the Erongo Region, the Shack Dwellers Federation and the business community such as Standard Bank, First National Bank and other financial institutions.”
Wilfred said that during his tenure, new bridges of cooperation were built and partnerships established.
“I trust that the new mayor and councillors will continue to maintain and build on them as well as open new opportunities for others to ensure employment creation, improved education and training.”
He encouraged all registered voters to turn up in numbers to vote on 25 November.