CoW sets new deadline for CEO appointment

03 Jul 2015 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 03 JUL (NAMPA) - The City of Windhoek (CoW) on Friday set a deadline for appointing a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), a position that has been vacant since the end of last year.
CoW Manager of Corporate Communications, Joshua Amukugo told members of the media at a briefing that the city has set 28 July 2015 as the final date for the appointing of a new CEO.
He said panellists dealing with the selection came to realise that some issues pertaining to qualification were omitted in their previous advertisements in the local press.
Amukugo explained that the issue of qualification evolved around the requirement that applicants must have a background in engineering and public administration.
“The panel has decided to re-start the process and came up with a new timeline,” he said, adding that the application date will run from 03 to 17 July 2015.
Panellists will convene on the due date to study the received applications and are expected to finalise the process by 28 July 2015.
“We have not forgotten about the appointment of the CEO because we need one, so that process will be concluded soon,” he noted.
The CoW last month informed members of the media that panellists were expected to finalise the short-listing of candidates for the position by 17 June this year.
Windhoek deputy mayor Hangapo Veico and Swapo-Party councillor, Elaine Trepper chair the panel.
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 Shafudah.
The post was left vacant after former CEO, Niilo Taapopi's term of office since mid-2004 ended on 16 December 2014.
The Strategic Executive Manager for Electricity, Edward Kawesha, has been acting as CEO since then.
The re-advertisement of the position in local newspapers is now being done for the third time, after the CoW failed to get a suitable candidate internally and after accusations surfaced of alleged favouritism amongst some of the interview panellists.
Amukogo said they received about 20 applications the last time the position was advertised, but those applicants will have to apply again.