CoW to appoint CEO in July

09 Jun 2015 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 09 JUN (NAMPA) – The appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the City of Windhoek (CoW) is expected to be concluded by the first week of July this year.
Speaking at a media briefing here on Tuesday, the CoW's Manager for Corporate Communications Joshua Amukugo said the interview panellists are expected to finalise the shortlisting of candidates for the position by 17 June this year.
He stressed that the panel, which will be chaired by Windhoek deputy mayor Hangapo Veico and Swapo-Party councillor Elaine Trepper, met on 04 June to discuss the way forward.
“The process of appointing a CEO is progressing well and is expected to be concluded soon,” said Amukugo.
Other panellists are Ohlthaver and List (O&L) Group of Companies’ executive chairperson Sven Thieme; Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) CEO Bisey /Uirab; Namdeb Diamond Corporation (Namdeb) CEO Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi; Chief Regional Officer of the Khomas Regional Council Clement Mwafila; and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance Ericah Shafuda.
The post was left vacant after former CEO Niilo Taapopi’s term of office ended on 16 December 2014.
The Strategic Executive Manager for Electricity, Edward Kawesha, has been acting as CEO since then.
The position has been advertised twice in local newspapers after the CoW failed to get a suitable candidate internally and after accusations surfaced of alleged favouritism amongst some of the interview panellists.
The shortlisted candidates for the previous set of interviews were the Government Institutions’ Pension Fund’s General Manager of Marketing and Corporate Communication, Elvis Nashilongo; Bank of Namibia’s Director for Strategic Communications and Financial Sector Development, Ndangi Katoma; Director of the Namibia Business School, Mac Hengari; former diplomat and Namibia’s Ambassador to the Scandinavian countries, Monica Nashandi and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana.