Erastus Uutoni

Boardroom infights delay development of towns: Uutoni

Boardroom infights delay development of towns: Uutoni

Martin Endjala Local authorities have been advised to stop their boardroom wars which disrupts much needed service and the overall development of their towns. These were the comments of the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni during his oversight visit to the Oshana Region over the weekend. Uutoni stressed the importance of local councillors to deliver on their promises during election campaigns, emphasising that the cease their board fights and attend to the needs of their local authorities. He said these fights have become toxic to the community and a waste of time. “These boardroom infights must stop…
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Ondangwa town council leadership applauded

Ondangwa town council leadership applauded

Martin Endjala The Ondangwa Town Council has been praised for successfully developing extension 24 into sustainable housing suburb for low middle income people. The Minister of Urban and Rural Development Erastus Uutoni applauded the council on Friday during the official commissioning of Ondangwa Town Extension 24. Uutoni, pointed out that the provision of housing should not only be seen as a shelter, but as part of the functions for essential development for the town and the people as well as for the future of the nation. The minister has urged leadership to refrain from fighting each other, which waste a…
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Directive: Decongest the ghettos right now . . . But how? – The devil is in the details

A letter from the minister of urban and rural development, Erastus Uutoni to mayors and regional governors announced a ‘directive’ to develop urgent decongestion plans. This is a part of the fight against the spread of COVID-19. Local political officials and appointees, likely without technical skills, must now do the job of the ministry. Assuming there are funds available, they must decongest (undefined) the impoverished peri-urban residential areas. This is easier said than done. The fact that land for residences can materialize out of nowhere in haste, points to something disturbing. If the ministry could provide basic land to house…
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Okahandja councillors demand immediate reinstatement

Okahandja councillors demand immediate reinstatement

Lawyers representing the recently ousted Okahandja councillors demand their immediate reinstatement or the incoming Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, will face a further legal challenge. The entire municipal council was ousted at the behest of the former Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga, just a little over two weeks ago. The grounds for the removal of the local leadership included allegations of mismanagement and failure to comply with ministerial directives, as well as the non-submission of minutes of the proceedings of the council. The Okahandja town council has been under increasing pressure to resign based…
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