19 Jun 2013 08:50
KEETMANSHOOP, 19 JUN (NAMPA) - The Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Keetmanshoop Municipality Hermanus Losper is under fire for alleged corruption after just a few months in office.
Losper is acting in that position since March this year, following the suspension of Paul Vleermuis amid negative auditors? reports and other allegations.
Information availed to Nampa by a source who prefers not to be identified has it that Losper allegedly received in an underhanded manner some quotation from his wife to fix the municipality?s computers for N.dollars 3 800 during May this year.
The source further alleged that when the tender board sub-committee discussed the repairs of the computers with Losper, he apparently misled them that he had found someone who could do the work for less than N.dollars 1 000.
It, however, later transpired that the tender was given to his wife for N.dollars 3 800.
Other allegations are that on 29 May this year, the acting CEO instructed the municipal supervisor for townlands, Jozua Dejay, to give council?s tools and equipment to town mayor Moses Titus for private use at his farm.
?The equipment included spanners, pulleys and chains. These are municipal properties, and may not be hired by outsiders. Titus abused his official powers to demand the equipment and use them on his farm. They are not for hire, and have not been returned to date,? the source told this news agency.
Confronted with the allegations on Wednesday, Losper explained that there were originally only two quotations when the tender board sub-committee met to discuss that tender.
He said there has to be three quotations before any selection is done, and that is when the third quotation for his wife came in.
?We discussed and agreed that the lowest quotation would be selected, so my wife?s quotation happened to be the lowest, and she qualified for the job. I did not mislead anyone.
The tender board sub-committee usually selects candidates, even when there are only one or two quotations. That was wrong, and I stopped that practice,? he said in his defence.
Responding to the tools and equipment issue, Losper said he does not see anything wrong with the move, explaining that giving tools for private use by council members is a common practice in their council.
?I found them doing it, so it is common practice here as long as the person signs for receiving the tools and returning it.
The tools are not for hire, that?s why I did not see the need for payment,? Losper responded.