Nashilongo also wants City job

December 3, 2014, 3:03pm

Nashilongo also wants City job

THE Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) spokesperson Elvis Nashilongo is also among the candidates who want to be the next chief executive officer of the Windhoek municipality.

Sources close to the corridors of powers said Nashilongo, GIPF's general manager of marketing and corporate communication, is vying for the top municipal administrative job. 
This means that three spokespersons of state-linked institutions are running to be CEO of the City, which has been troubled by developmental problems such as housing, land and a growing city. 
Nashilongo declined to comment yesterday when approached by The Namibian. 
The ongoing search for a new chief executive has been tainted with allegations of lobbying by leaders at the municipality who are pushing for their candidates to be the next CEO, which will give them access to municipal powers. 
What further irked those in the municipality, as well as competing candidates, is that the final decision on who should be CEO was already made by a panel consisting of three politicians - Moses Shiikwa, the chairperson of the management committee of the Windhoek council, former mayor Elaine Trepper and the new deputy mayor Hangapo Veikko. 
The leadership of the municipality, especially political leaders of the ruling party Swapo from the council, are accused of pushing through their respective favourites.
A council meeting that was planned to take place on Monday was postponed to today at 15h00, in order to discuss and approve the name of the new CEO of the municipality.
Shinovene Immanuel The Namibian
The name of the successful candidate will then be forwarded to the Minister of Regional and Local Government and Housing and Rural Development, Charles Namoloh, for approval or rejection. 
Other candidates competing with Nashilongo are Bank of Namibia spokesperson Ndangi Katoma, NamPower spokesperson Monica Nashandi, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana and the director of the University of Namibia's Business School, Mac Hengari.
Some people in the municipality are not happy that the job might be given to Katoma, a favourite of outgoing CEO Taapopi, who is set to leave on 16 December 2014. 
Sources said a decision was made to decline applications of municipal inside executives but the same municipality is accepting Katoma, who previously worked under the current management. 
The incoming CEO will have to grapple with a city saddled with a growing population and tainted with corruption from several shady deals involving land. 
The municipality is also affected by high housing prices, lack of serviced land and mushrooming informal settlements, which has resulted in young people grabbing land in order to force the government to intervene with better solutions.

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