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Kahungu takes over as Windhoek mayor

Francina Kahungu


Windhoek has a new mayor – councillor Francina Kahungu – who has taken over from Muesse Kazapua with effect from last week.

Kahungu will be deputised by councillor Ian Subasubani, while the management committee will be made up of Moses Shiikwa, Loide Kaiyomo, Immanuel Paulus, Tekla Hauwanga and Ananias Niizimba.

Kahungu joined the Windhoek City Council following regional and local authority elections held in November 2010, representing the ruling SWAPO Party.

Born in Okapanda village in 1970, Fransina’s political career began way back in the eights with student upraising activities; which saw her joining the Namibia National Student Organization (NANSO). In 1989 she was part of the Mweshipandeka High School students who organized the mass national demonstration for the withdrawal of the Apartheid South African forces of occupation from Namibia.

Following the implementation of UN Resolution 435 for the independence of Namibia later in 1989, Fransina was one of the student activists assisting with the welcoming of returning Namibians from exile. She was part of the group entrusted with the integration and connecting returnees to their families. From this humble beginning, in 2006 Fransina was elected as a Coordinator for SWAPO Party’s Women Council in Kakurukaze Mungunda branch and was re-elected in 2010.  During her time with the party’s women Council, she was a staunch advocate of women economic emancipation and empowerment, lobbying for the @PUT HER UP@ approach, and encouraging women to take part in political and economic activities.

Fransina is a teacher by profession with experience spanning back to 1999 when she was first appointed at Olaf Palme Primary School. She holds a B. Degree in Education and a Higher Diploma in Secondary Education from the University of Namibia. She has a wealth of experiences in project management, social sciences, marketing and sustainable development, as well as Agenda 21 for world city projects.


Wonder Guchu

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