Diescho fired with N.dollars 3.6 million severance pay

10 Dec 2015 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 10 DEC (NAMPA) – The Governing Council of the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (Nipam) has terminated the five-year employment contract of its executive director, Joseph Diescho with a severance package of N.dollars 3.6 million.
The termination of employment is with effect 08 December 2015.
Chairperson of Nipam Governing Council, George Simataa confirmed this during a media briefing on Wednesday, saying Diescho was fired because of material breach of the employment contract; insubordination; competition with the employer; and non-compliance with resolutions of the Governing Council.
“The Governing Council has widely considered the paramount interest of Nipam and thus found it fitting to terminate the employment relationship by mutual consent,” he said.
Diescho was employed by written contract as executive director of Nipam from 01 July 2013 to 30 June 2018.
The chairperson said there is no validity in the allegation that Diescho had been dismissed for his contribution to the weekly media article in the New Era newspaper that reads ‘Diescho’s Dictum’.
Simataa further said Diescho had failed to pay municipal bills that accumulated to a debt of N.dollars 258 549.03 and owe the government rent amounting to N.dollars 108 000.
Nipam undertook to provide Diescho with suitable accommodation for a period of six months at its own costs, because Diescho was employed while residing in South Africa.
The agreement stated that Diescho was responsibility to pay water, electricity and other municipal rates, taxes and charges.
Simataa said during that time, there was no official Nipam residence, thus Diescho was housed at Safari Hotel from 30 June 2013 to 30 September 2013, which cost the government about N.dollars 140 443.89.
Thereafter, Nipam agreed to lease a house in Laurie Street, Olympia for a monthly payment of N.dollars 32 500 and equal deposit.
He said Diescho has never taken occupation of that house despite payments made by NIPAM.
Simataa added that the Nipam Governing Council together with Government agencies, including the Office of the Prime Minister, has provided another accommodation for Diescho for a period of four months in a government house situated in Saffier Street, Eros area.
He said in the terms of the contract regarding the government house in Eros, Diescho was personally responsible for the municipal account for water, electricity, sewerage and refuse charges.
He was also liable to pay market-related rent in respect of the allocated house from 01 March 2014 amounting to N.dollars 4 500 per month.
“The Office of the Prime Minister has addressed a letter of demand to Diescho on 19 August 2014 requiring him to vacate the government house by 30 September 2014. Despite the notice, Diescho has not complied with this demand,” said Simataa.
He stated that on 10 August 2015, the Nipam Governing Council approved the resolution of its Governance and Remuneration Committee which required Diescho to vacate the government house with the understanding that Nipam pays its employees market-related remuneration, which includes housing that is appropriately sufficient to cover accommodation.
Simataa on behalf of the council, Training and Development Board and staff of Nipam expressed gratitude to Diescho’s leadership and contribution to Nipam and wishes him well in his future endeavours.
The Governing Council of Nipam has appointed Edwin Tjiramba as acting executive director for a period of six months pending the appointment of a substantive executive director.
Attempts to get comment from Diescho proved futile as his mobile phone went unanswered.