Blue Mayor Pride

This year’s junior mayor elections takes an interesting turn after seven years.

21 June 2019 | Politics

Yanique Zimmer

Eben-Nezer Angula was Windhoek High School’s elected candidate for 2019 Junior Mayor. He had to go against three other schools: Delta Secondary School, Jacob Marengo School and Hage Geingob Secondary School. It was an amazing process that started campaigning at the start of January this year. Angula was appointed by his teachers and fellow peers in his Grade 10 year and started training ever since.

For those who don’t know what junior mayor is, here’s a brief explanation. Just as there is the senior council, which represents the city itself. Now, there is junior council, which represents the youth of the city. The junior mayor, who is elected by the junior council itself, leads the council and spear heads council youth activities and projects. “This year the junior council is ‘tackling' teenage pregnancy and drug use,” said Angula.

This year’s elections resulted in a tie between Angula Grace Mackinza from Delta Secondary School, which had never happened before. This called for a revote made by the other candidates and members, which resulted in 24 votes to 27 votes, favouring Mackinza from Delta. Although Angula lost that day, he showcased Windhoek High's sportsmanship. He was happy that he was able to participate. “The whole experience was amazing and I have learned a lot,” Angula said.

“I’m happy for Grace and wish her all the best luck.” Windhoek High School has had a Junior Mayor for the past seven years. To have another school win the elections this year may be different, but it’s an eventful change of pace. Although Angula didn’t win the elections, it is safe to say that Windhoek High School is still proud of him.

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