No CEO for CoW yet

02 Sep 2015 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 02 SEP (NAMPA) – The City of Windhoek (CoW) still has not found a suitable candidate for the position of chief executive officer (CEO) after advertising the vacancy and interviewing candidates for a second time.
CoW spokesperson Joshua Amukugo announced this during a media briefing here on Wednesday.
The second interview session of five candidates took place between 24 and 30 July this year. The first interviews took place at the end of last year.
“Unfortunately this (interview) process ended without a suitable candidate for appointment. Council is then expected to pronounce itself on the way forward regarding the filling of this crucial strategic position that has been vacant for almost a year,” Amukugo said.
The post was left vacant after former CEO Niilo Taapopi’s term of office ended on 16 December 2014.
The re-advertisement of this crucial position yielded a total of 23 applications and the interviewing panel shortlisted five candidates who were then interviewed.
The City’s management committee made recommendations about the interviews to Council for discussion during its special council meeting on 20 August 2015 and after consultation with the Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa between 28 July and 05 August 2015.
The interview panellists were Ohlthaver and List (O&L) Group of Companies’ executive chairperson Sven Thieme; Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) CEO Bisey /Uirab; former 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.
In the meantime, council has appointed the Strategic Executive for Human Resources, Fillemon Hambuda to act as CEO from 01 September 2015.
He will act until the appointment of the new CEO or for a period of two months; whichever comes first.
Hambuda took over from Strategic Executive Manager for Electricity, Edward Kawesha, who acted for the past six months.