CoW's CEO appointment far from completion: Amukugo

06 Feb 2015 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 06 FEB (NAMPA)- The City of Windhoek (CoW)'s Manager for Corporate Communications Joshua Amukugo says the process of appointing a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is far from completion.
Amukugo told Nampa on Friday that nothing has been finalised as there are technical issues which they need to address before the council pronounces itself.
“Really, I cannot tell you how far we are with the process because this is a high position, and cannot be treated lightly,” he said, adding that the filling of the CEO position needs to be addressed in an informed and professional manner.
The city is currently under the leadership of Strategic Executive Manager for Electricity, Edward Kawesha, who will be acting as CEO until further notice.
Kawesha has been an interim boss since 17 December 2014 after former CEO Niilo Taapopi's term of office ended on 16 December 2014.
Taapopi, who previously served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, joined the municipality during 2004.
He replaced Martin Shipanga, who resigned in 2003 and went into business.
Amukugo said the process may even take longer if they have more offices getting involved in the selection process.
A daily English newspaper reported on Thursday that the Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development (MRLGHRD) has ordered the CoW to restart the process of searching for the CEO.
“The process may take longer now that the ministry is also getting involved because the more offices you have involved, the longer it may take,” he noted.