Omuthiya

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Omuthiya
Omuthiya is located in Namibia
Omuthiya
Omuthiya
Location in Namibia
Coordinates: 18°21.636′S 16°34.874′E / 18.360600°S 16.581233°E / -18.360600; 16.581233
Country  Namibia
Region Oshikoto Region
Constituency Omuthiyagwiipundi
Elevation 3,540 ft (1,079 m)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,794
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Climate BSh

Omuthiya Gwiipundi (short: Omuthiya) is the capital of Oshikoto Region in northern Namibia, situated approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from Etosha National Park. It has about 5,000 residents.[2] Prior to Omuthiya, Tsumeb was the regional capital.[3]

Local authority elections[edit]

Omuthiya is governed by a town council that has seven seats.[4]

Oshikoto Region, to which Omuthiya belongs, is a stronghold of Namibia's ruling SWAPO party. In February 2008, the town was the center of an election controversy as SWAPO faced the Rally for Democracy and Progress in the town's first local authority election. [5] In 2010, SWAPO won Omuthiya with approximately 92% of the votes.[6] For the 2015 local authority election no opposition party nominated a candidate, and SWAPO won uncontested.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Table 4.2.2 Urban population by Census years (2001 and 2011)" (PDF). Namibia 2011 - Population and Housing Census Main Report. Namibia Statistics Agency. p. 39. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Heita, Desie (31 October 2011). "Omuthiya growing at a fast pace". New Era. Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Shivute, Oswald (21 August 2008). "Oshikoto Regional Council moves to Omuthiya". The Namibian. 
  4. ^ "Know Your Local Authority". Election Watch (3). Institute for Public Policy Research. 2015. p. 4. 
  5. ^ Battlefield Omuthiya The Namibian, 28 February 2008
  6. ^ Omuthiya Local Authority Electoral Commission of Namibia
  7. ^ "Local elections results". Electoral Commission of Namibia. 28 November 2015. p. 6. Archived from the original on 10 December 2015. 

Coordinates: 18°21.636′S 16°34.874′E / 18.360600°S 16.581233°E / -18.360600; 16.581233