Solomon is new Swakopmund mayor

Mayor promises growth

16 December 2019 | Government

Nehemiah Solomon;Swakopmund mayor; “You want results and together with the town council, we will deliver on this…”

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Nehemiah Solomon has been elected as the new mayor of Swakopmund, who takes over the reins from Paulina Nashilundo, who occupied the position since December 2015.

The election of office bearers took place on Monday in municipal chambers.

Fellow SWAPO party member Assertha Marsh was elected as the new deputy mayor in an election presided over by magistrate Nelao Brown. Marsh took over from Maria Elago, who is in line to become a member of parliament.

Erkki Shitana was re-elected as the chairperson of the management committee while Kleopas Ngwena (both from SWAPO) is his deputy. Paulina Nashilundo and Andreas Jonas (also from SWAPO) serve as ordinary members of the management committee.

Elifas //Khoaseb (United Democratic Front) was elected is an additional member of the management committee alongside councillors Wilfred Groenewald (Swakopmund Residents Association), Omuingona Uahimisa Kaapehi (National Unity Democratic Organisation) and Elize Hangula (Popular Democratic Movement).

In his accept speech, Solomon said that tackling all the holiday resort’s social concerns will be a priority for the Swakopmund town council.

“This is not a victory for one person. It is a victory for Swakopmund in its entirety. Let us join hands, all of us who love this town and care about its future.”

Soloman said that the residents had spoken on a number of issues.

“They want to see a balanced approach to addressing the need for housing, land, poverty, improved education, health care, water and sanitation as well as tackling the unacceptable youth unemployment rate. To all of that, I say Swakopmund, I hear you. I hear you loud and clear. You want results and together with the town council, we will deliver on this very promise made by our ruling party.”

He added that during his tenure, council will continue to put people first when it comes to making decisions that affect them, whether they are poor or rich.

The newly elected mayor also promised to make sure that all the goals set by him and town council are in line with the SWAPO party manifesto, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as other national goals and programmes.

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