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Omuthiya is located in Namibia
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 South African Standard Time (UTC+1)
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 currently has seven seats.[4]

In February 2008, the town was the center of an election controversy as the ruling 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]


  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

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