Rehoboth Baster Community

Opposition Boycott Reho Meeting

Published by Apr 09, 2013

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The opposition political party representatives in the Rehoboth Town Council on Thursday boycotted a special meeting called by the council.

Below is an article published by the Namibian

In letter to council chairperson Eve Maasdorp, Councillors Jan Van Wyk (UPM), Helena Adams (RDP), and Martin Dentlinger (UPM) said they had decided to stay-away because issues of the great concern they had raised for discussion at council meetings had been ignored several times.

"We have, after consultations with our respective parties, decided not to attend any meeting scheduled to discuss the proposed new tariffs of the Rehoboth Town Council," the letter which The Namibian has seen a copy of reads.

The issues which the trio wants discussed include the renewal of CEO Theo Jankowski's contract, solving of pensioners' social grants and other unidentified community members water accounts and the finalisation of the Rukoro Report.

The Namibian understands the chief executive officer's term of office expired in June last year.

Commenting on the councillors' action, Maasdorp said the boycott was aimed at "sabotaging the socio-economic development" of the town.

She said the issues that were up for discussion at the meeting included staff matters, property policy and valuation and annual tariff increases.

"The tariff increases form part of the the council's annual budget, and the budget is now being delayed unnecessarily. This will definitely have a knock-on effect on the town's residents," she said.

Maasdorp said the opposition had capitalised on the absence of Swapo councillor Coleen van Wyk to boycott the meeting.

"Because of her absence the Swapo councillors, who are in the majority, could not form a quorum to convene the meeting," Maasdorp explained.

The other Swapo councillors are Stefanus Tiboth and Emmanuel Tiboth.

Maasdorp said discussions on the Rukoro Report were progressing well to the extend that Baster Kaptein John McNab had delegated three community members to be part of the proceedings.

She added that the councillors could have raised the issue of CEO's contract as well as the water accounts problems during discussions on tariff increases and water accounts.