The urban development minister, Sophia Shaningwa told The Villager that her ofﬁce is busy with administrative work into the illegal appointment of the Rehoboth Town Council (RTC) chief executive ofﬁcer, Willie Swartz and some council staff.
According to Shaningwa, the administrative work is being done, and no information on the way forward can be revealed. “Those are all outstanding questions you are asking me, but you know the bad side of me is that I cannot share any information with the media without concluding what is to be done.
“It will be a little dangerous to say what is to be done before administrative matters are done. I will call everybody when the investigations and all is done and inform you of the outcome of the case and way forward,” she said. She further added that regarding law everyone needs to be guided before sensitising the issues at hand and issues of this kind needs to be investigated before it can be made public.
Swartz has been on the Rehoboth Town Councils payroll as an unauthorised expenditure since his said illegal employment as the acting CEO. In a meeting held last week with the Rehoboth Councilor’s Shaningwa noted that inﬁghting of the council members has a negative impact on the inhabitants of the town.
“If two elephants ﬁght that the grass is the one that is suffering the most, so you need to stop this ﬁghting and do you work accordingly. I have a country to be taken care of, and I cannot come and do the Rehoboth’s Town councillors work. You are not the only town council that is in the country, but you are all over the media, I have been reading,” she further stated. She added that the ministry is looking into mismanagement of funds at the town council by ofﬁce bearers as well.
Last month the residents lashed out at the RTC management for high water and electricity debts which the residents claimed are ending up in the pockets of the ofﬁce bearers The Villager learnt. Furthermore, the residents also challenged the RTC on the land issues early this year claim that the town council only allocates land that is well known and their immediate family members that are not even from the town itself.