NUDO disappointed in CoW for failure to appoint CEO

10 Jan 2016 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 10 JAN (NAMPA) – The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) has expressed disappointment in the former City of Windhoek (CoW) Council’s failure to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer for over a year.
A media statement issued by the advisor to the Nudo party president, Joseph Kauandenge said the City’s failure to appoint a new CEO for almost two years reflects poorly on the former council and management committee.
The position has been vacant since June 2014 after former CEO Niilo Taapopi’s term came to an end in December 2014.
The position was advertised and readvertised four times in the local media, but no one had been appointed in the position yet.
CoW spokesperson Joshua Amukugo said in September last year no suitable candidate was found for the position of CEO after the vacancy was advertised and candidates interviewed for a second time.
The second interview session of five candidates took place between 24 and 30 July 2015, while the first interviews took place at the end of 2014.
The re-advertisement of the 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.
Hambuda took over from Strategic Executive Manager for Electricity, Edward Kawesha, who acted for six months.
Nudo in its media statement accused the council of “allowing political interest to override the serious need to employ someone in this position”.
“It is regrettable that political posturing, vested interest and political agendas have hijacked a purely administrative process to such an extent that those who are really qualified for this position are relegated to the background.
“This means that those who are not qualified but who are seen to be politically correct can be employed,” the statement reads.
It added that as a party represented on the new City Council, the party will seek answers as to why there is a delay in appointing someone for this position when the first council meeting convenes.