WALVIS Bay Urban Constituency Councillor Knowledge Ipinge has been accused of acting outside the perimeters of his powers when he ordered the temporary closure of key businesses in the harbour town in the wake of the Walvis Bay truck driver that tested positive for COVID-19.
The Minister of Information Communication Technology Peya Mushelenga during the information session at the National COVID-19 Communication Centre said Ipinge “acted outside the scope of his powers” when he issued the orders for the Standard Bank Namibia branch and the FP du Toit Transport depot earlier this week.
The information minister said Ipinge’s orders were invalid and had no legal force.
In his defence Ipinge said that he acted in his capacity as the head of the Disaster Management Committee and that both the committee and the Constituency are committed to contributing to new ways of working together and preserving human dignity and, respect for the inalienability of people’s rights that are the very foundation of the community.
“It brings joy to my heart knowing that our stakeholders, Standard Bank and FP du Toit Transport reacted proactively to our call of keeping their employees, clients and the larger community safe by rapidly retooling resources toward the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic within our Constituency” Ipinge said.