Outgoing member of the National Council, Kilus Nguvauva, has appealed to council members to continue fighting for the demarcation of Eiseb Block as a constituency.
Eiseb Block in Omaheke Region was established in 1992 as a reception centre for returning Namibians who had been living in Botswana. The area currently falls under Otjombinde Constituency.
In his farewell speech at the National Council last week Nguvauva, who is also the Deputy Minister of Works and Transport, noted that the area has long been deprived of development, given its remote location some 350km from Otjombinde Constituency’s main economic centre at Talismanus.
He said the vast distance between the two places has made the lives of the ordinary poor people of Eiseb even harder, as people have to travel the long distance to Talismanus for almost everything.
Nguvauva, who is also the chief of the Ovambanderu, could lose his deputy ministerial post after he was drubbed in the Swapo primary contest in which he had sought re-election as the party’s candidate for the position of councillor of Okorukambe Constituency.
He has been councillor of Okorukambe, known until recently as Steinhausen, for the past 17 years.
Nguvauva also called on fellow councillors to continue fighting for the appointment of labour inspectors in all constituencies, particularly in Omaheke Region, saying that the appointment would improve the livelihood of farmworkers.
He told the august House to remember that politics is a man-made practice and therefore fraught with human error.
“It is important that as an individual you continuously self-evaluate and ensure that whatever decisions you make are based on true and tested principles that will always seek to uplift your community and your country,” he said, adding that the heart of leadership should always be the desire to serve.
Nguvauva stressed that one of his major achievements, among others, was the harmonisation of the relationship between farmworkers and farm owners.
According to him, he was also active in the separation of Epukiro from Otjinene as a constituency.
He said he was also instrumental in the planned tarring of the 48km gravel road between Du Plessis Farm and Epukiro Pos 3.
Nguvauva said he furthermore helped in the repatriation of Namibians from Botswana.
Nguvauva used the opportunity to thank the people of Okorukambe Constituency and Omaheke Region for their support.
He also expressed his recognition of Swapo, specifically the Founding Father Dr Sam Nujoma, for planting the seed of reconciliation that led to the peace the country enjoys today.
He further acknowledged former president Hifikepunye Pohamba for the confidence and trust he (Pohamba) placed in him in appointing him as the deputy minister and to President Hage Geingob for extending his tenure.