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Walvis Bay council in no show to receive petition

THE Walvis Bay local authority council failed to send a representative to receive a petition from employees of the municipality on Wednesday.

The employees staged a peaceful demonstration demanding the council to urgently recruit a substantive chief executive officer, among a list of other issues.

The municipality has been without an administration head since December 2020 when the then-CEO Muronga Haingura was put on suspension.

The employees claim the acting CEO David Uushona is not fit to hold office because he is not part of the executive management.

“We the employees still want to know why the council opted to appoint the manager to act at the position of CEO while there are general managers,” reads their petition.

Uushona is the manager of solid waste and environmental management and has been acting CEO for five months.

Workers further accuse Uushona of issuing a directive for other people he favours to act in positions, which the employees claim is tantamount to corruption.

This they say will create abnormalities at work.

“The leadership of the acting CEO lacks the consultation of stakeholders that shows that he chooses to please some over the expense of the masses,” read the petition.

The petition was read by workers’ representative Asser Tjikuniva.

The mayor of the town, Trevino Forbes confirmed that the process for appointing a CEO is ongoing.

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