IPC DONE WITH JOB’S MAYORSHIP…AR SAYS ITULA’S A PENSIONER BLOCKING THE VISION OF A 34-YEAR-OLD
The IPC says the current mayor of the City of Windhoek, Job Amupanda, will not be retained.
Amupanda was chosen as mayor by the coalition partners who call themselves the progressive force.
The coalition comprises the Affirmative Repositioning movement, IPC, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) and National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO).
Although the Landless People’s Movement has two seats in the council, they opted out of the coalition in December last year.
IPC national general secretary Christine Esperanza Aochamus told the principals of the progressive forces in the City of Windhoek in a memo dated 22 November 2021.
Aochamus said the IPC national executive committee of Patriots and the national council of patriots decided at a meeting held on 18 November 2021.
One of the resolutions made during the IPC meeting was that Amupnada should not be retained as Mayor of Windhoek once his term expires.
The IPC also said they want a substantive chairperson of the management committee to be appointed on merit.
“The coalition councillors of the progressive forces be at will to exercise their statutory right enshrined in section 11(1)(a) of the local authorities act 23 of 1992 as amended on merits bearing in mind the principles of the coalition agreement, subject to guidance on political policy from their delegating authorities as may be necessary,” the IPC said.
According to the IPC, all coalition partners, at their discretion, seeks and/ or demonstrate a similar democratic fundamental mandate from their decision making authorities in line with the IPC decision making the procedure as desirably appropriate.
The AR spokesperson Simon Amunime says they are not accountable to the IPC but a collective.
He also said that Dr Itula thinks that he is the president of the coalition.
“You must look at it this way that there is a vision of a 34-year-old that a pensioner being blocked,” Amunime said.
Amunime said it is unimaginable that a national committee of a party can meet to discuss an individual when the coalition agreement says the position of mayor is rotational.
“We do not take that document seriously. Itula says he understands the rule of law, but he goes behind other coalition partners backs to strike a deal with the orange party,” he said
The AR will meet on 29 November 2021 to discuss the issue.
Asked whether Amupanda would accept a second term if the coalition partners chose him, Amunime said as the AR they made it clear that they would serve in any position.
According to Amunime, serving well is not about a position but a person.
Amunime also said the coalition is clear when a new partner wants to come in. He said the new partner must write to the coalition, and the application would be considered.
“Right now, we have not received any application. Not from South West Africa or LPM,” he said.
LPM IN THE AREA
The LPM leader Bernardus Swartbooi confirmed to The Villager last week that they were negotiating with IPC for a coalition in the City of Windhoek.
In December last year, the LPM missed out on the coalition, which eventually saw Amupanda chosen as mayor while IPC scooped up several management committee positions, including chairperson of the management committee.
“I can confirm that we have been in talks with IPC for the coalition. We have had many meetings. The deputy leader (Seibeb) also was involved in several meetings. We drafted a framework around which we hope we’ll work. We know that at least one coalition partner is pleased. They approached us to join the coalition,” Swarbooi said.
Swartbooi said talks appear to be approaching a finality, and offers for positions have been made to LPM.
“There are suggestions we made to IPC of how we think we could do this. There is good progress made. We will see when it is finalised what it entails.
“We know that some that may not make it as mayor are also not going to abandon the agreements they had. We do not anticipate that one of the movements will say, ‘I am out of this. We also don’t want that. We want everyone to be together,” Swartbooi said then.