Expensive team

June 30, 2015, 7:47am

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Geingob announced yesterday that he had appointed Namibian Broadcasting Corporation director general Albertus Aochamub as the Presidential press secretary, former statistician general at the Namibia Statistics Agency John Steytler as the economic adviser, and Namdeb's managing director Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi who will take up the position of constitutional adviser.
Even though these executives will take pay cuts with their new jobs, The Namibian understands they will earn more than ministers and one of them will earn close to what the President gets per year. 
A minister earns around N$940 000 per year including benefits, while the Prime Minister gets close to N$1,2 million per year. 
The President is supposed to earn 15% more than his Prime Minister's N$1,2 million, which means the head of state earns less than N$2 million. 
Sources said that Zaamwani-Kamwi will be taking a pay cut of close to N$1 million annually since she will be earning about N$2 million per annum, compared to the N$3 million she got at Namdeb.
She has been at the helm of Namdeb for more than 15 years and has about three years left before she turns 60. 
Outgoing NBC chief Aochamub, who will be Geingob's spokesperson, earned over N$1 million per year at NBC including his bonus.
There were talks that he wanted to stay on as deputy chair of the NBC or be given an opportunity to head the MTC board. 
Aochamub rejected those claims yesterday, saying there were no such conditions.
A press officer is a senior official who provides advice on how to deal with the media and uses news management techniques to assist the government, especially the Presidency, to maintain a positive public image by avoiding negative media coverage.
Aochamub's arrival means that adviser to the President on media, Mukwaita Shanyengana had to be relocated to the vice presidency as an adviser.
Former chief executive of the Millennium Challenge Account Namibia, Penny Akwenye, has been appointed policy adviser in the Presidency, responsible for implementation and monitoring of government programmes.
Akwenye will not come cheap either. The MCA Namibia which she headed was responsible for implementing projects worth over N$3 billion, provided to Namibia by the US government for the purpose of poverty alleviation.
Former environment minister Philemon Malima has been appointed the new director general of the Namibia Central Intelligence Service replacing retired lieutenant general Lukas Hangula.
Sources said the spying agency has not had a director general since the beginning of this year. Geingob said Hangula will still help out during the transition. The President promised that he will not allow his administration to spy on people.
“I will not allow anyone to spy on Namibians but they (intelligence agency) are just doing their job,” he added.
Deputy permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister Etienne Maritz has been appointed the executive director at State House, a position equivalent to that of permanent secretary.
Former Team Namibia chief executive officer Daisry Mathias has been appointed the Presidential adviser on youth engagement. 
Mathias studied marketing with specialisation in brand management, before getting a postgraduate diploma in business administration from the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business. 
Geingob described his team as the A-team and admitted that it will be costly, but said they should deliver.
“I will call for a meeting next week where I will charge them a bit,” the President said.
Another member of Geingob's team who was introduced yesterday to the public is Yvonne Dausab, the new chairperson of Namibia's Law Reform and Development Commission. 
She was the deputy dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Namibia.

The Namibian