By Simon Liseli
THE Katima Mulilo Town Council (KMTC) has kicked off its week-long strategic plan and engagement workshop to design its strategic direction for the next five year period, 2018 – 2022 on Monday in Katima Mulilo.
Delivering her keynote address speech during the opening of the workshop , Katima Mulilo Mayor Georgina Mwiya-Simataa expressed her gratitude to the electorate for giving Councillors mandate to take them out of poverty by delivering services in a sustainable manner.
“Iam sure that am speaking on behalf of my colleagues when I say popular mandate of the electorate will never be taken for granted. Colleagues your shoulders rest the aspirations of Katima Mulilo residents who are pinning their hopes on us to change their lives for the better.” She remarked.
According to her , strategic planning is vital in any organization because it provides a sense of direction and measurable goals. The plans are also useful tools that guides day to day decisions and evaluate progress and changing approaches when moving forward.
Councillor Mwiya stressed that Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) highlights the key priorities of the government as a guide through which local sphere of government would be able to collectively analyze the environment and develop plans that seeks to achieve the objectives and clearly articulated in the National Development Plan Five (NDP 5) and the ruling party manifesto.
She added that challenges of poverty, unemployment and lack of housing in the society are the basis through centered to undertake strategic planning session. “We need to remind ourselves of the vision of our country to a better life for all” she said.
Katima Mulilo mayor hopes that this strategic session will further endeavor to develop plans that will improve the economy through tourism which is in line with Namibia’s national policy instrument Vision 2030.
“Our deliberation for the week should serve as a matter of importance to incorporate our strategic approach in the fight against diseases in particular the fight against HIV/AIDS including working with our neighbouring counterparts” noted SWAPO Katima Mayor.
She commended the management who prepared the workshop as it will serve as a platform to engage and involve stakeholders together with the community in planning processes.
Kaima Mayor further warned that Strategic plan is an important and systematic process of envisioning a desired future and translating visions into broadly defined goals and objectives for a sequence of steps to achieve them.
The workshop will end on Friday with the development of the five year strategic budget, and is facilitated by Dr. Boniface Mutumba former finance chancellor at the University of Namibia (UNAM).
Key stakeholders from all sectors in Katima Mulilo attended the workshop to make inputs.