PRESIDENT of the Association of Local Authorities in Namibia (ALAN) Katrina Shimbulu and all Executive members will remain leaders of the body until next year July.
ALAN is an institution that represents all local authority members in Namibia. In addition, it provides a platform on which these local authorities can air their grievance and thereby providing better services for the country.
According to ALAN Article 6.1.5 the elected members are expected to be part of ALAN for a period of five years.
Shimbulu, the current ALAN president stated that their duty now is to prepare handing over the office to those that will be elected during the upcoming congress.
She said that all regions are represented by the members elected during the Congress, which was held in 2016 at Oshakati.
“Three local authorities, among which Windhoek, has sent two representatives to represent, Walvis Bay one member and Swakopmund one member additional regional representative due to its council members number,” she said.
Shimbulu explained that although Khomas and Erongo region has sent representatives, four additional members were sent to represent the three towns due to their high number of local authority councillors.
She added that a president and a vice-president were elected as ALAN representatives and do not belong to any region.
Shimbulu stated that despite facing challenges as a president, she was able to acquire knowledge on how to work with different people, got international exposure, and how to better engage stakeholders.
She further asked the government to look into the procurement act for councillor services such as allowance or leave days when it comes to executing of government duty.
Shimbulu also pointed out that companies that benefit from government tenders should at least meet the government halfway.