Leonard Negonga was on Tuesday sworn in as incoming Oshana regional councillor for the Ondangwa Urban Constituency, following the conclusion of a by-election held last month.
Negonga, the Swapo candidate, won the by-election with 1 936 votes, followed by an independent candidate, Angeline Immanuel, with 1 402 votes.
Johannes Martin of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) was in the third position with 326 votes, followed by Vincent Asser of All People’s Party (APP) and Mandume Andreas of Congress of Democrats (CoD) with 97 and 31 votes, respectively.
Out of 16 000 potential voters registered for the election, only 3 792 cast their votes at 21 polling stations throughout the constituency.
Speaking after the swearing in, Negonga stated that he accepts the responsibility with great humility and pledged to serve the community of Ondangwa as its servant.
He also used the platform to ensure the community of Ondangwa Urban that his office doors shall be open to all residents.
“I shall be the voice of the people living in Ondangwa urban constituency and I shall be engaging you, listening to all your plea, needs and priorities,” Negonga cited.
Oshakati magistrate, Helena Ekandjo, presided over the swearing in ceremony.
Ondangwa Urban has been without a councillor since March, following the appointment of the former councilor Elia Irimari as the new governor for the Region.