Pohamba condemns removal of Haihambo Primary School principal

19 Sep 2014 07:30am
OSHIKUNDE, 19 SEP (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba has expressed dissatisfaction with the manner in which the principal of Haihambo Primary School, Rosalia Ndamanomhata, was removed from the school.
Pohamba indicated that he is not happy about the matter while officially inaugurating the newly established Dr Abraham Iyambo Senior Secondary School (SSS) in the Ohangwena Region’s Ohakafiya Circuit on Thursday.
The Ministry of Education removed Ndamanomhata from office some three years ago by transferring her to the circuit office after some members of the local community, who are affiliated to the Swapo-Party, demanded her removal.
Before her transfer to the circuit office (Ohakafiya Circuit), the community members protested at the school, situated at Omutwewomunhu village in the Ohangwena Region, and went to the extent of closing down the school while demanding that Ndamanomhata be removed.
The community members demanded the principal’s removal shortly after she allowed the leader of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), Hidipo Hamutenya, to donate construction materials to that school.
Hamutenya visited the school when he donated the materials and was accompanied by acquaintances, who donated thousands of Namibian dollars to the school.
Pohamba said he sees nothing wrong with the donation of materials to the school, saying any individual should feel free to donate items to schools, “as long as that person is not politically influencing the children or asking them to vote for his political party”.
Ndamanomhata remains the principal of Haihambo Primary School as the Education Ministry reinstated her after a short stay at the circuit office, where she did not have any specific tasks to perform.
The Minister of Education, Dr David Namwandi and Governor Usko Nghaamwa of the Ohangwena Region also attended the inauguration of Dr Abraham Iyambo SSS on Thursday.
The school is named after the late Dr Abraham Iyambo, former Minister of Education.