CoW CEO appointment top on council agenda

18 Jan 2016 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 18 JAN (NAMPA) – The appointment of the City of Windhoek (CoW)'s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will be first on the agenda of municipal councillors this year.
CoW's Manager for Corporate Communications, Joshua Amukugo told Nampa on Monday that councillors are expected to discuss the way forward on the appointment of the new CEO in consultation with the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development.
The CoW has been without a CEO after its former, Niilo Taapopi's term in office ended on 16 December 2014.
“New CoW Councillors will decide on the way forward: if to re-advertise the post or to do some head-hunting for a suitable candidate,” he said.
Amukugo noted that the last interview panel, with recommendation from the line ministry, concluded that there is no suitable candidate for this crucial position.
Minister Sophia Shaningwa, as quoted in The Namibian newspaper on 11 January 2016, said it seems no one meets the criteria to fill the vacant position, as interviews were conducted in September last year but no suitable candidate was found with the capacity required.
The second interview session of five candidates took place between 24 and 30 July 2015 after the position was advertised for the second time, however no positive results yielded and alleged irregularities such as nepotism surfaced, leaving the city without a CEO.
The first set of interviews took place at the end of 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.
A third round of interviews took place in September 2015, however, Amukugo could not reveal the number or the names of the interviewed candidates.
The interview panellists for the third session 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.
The CoW Council has appointed the Strategic Executive for Human Resources, Fillemon Hambuda to act as CEO from 01 September 2015 until further notice.
Meanwhile, Amukugo said the new CoW councillors will convene for a weeklong national induction workshop in Swakomund as from 08 February 2016.
The workshop will be attended by all local authority councillors countrywide.
The CoW councillors are currently undergoing an in-house workshop from 18 to 19 January 2016.
They are expected to sit for the first monthly council meeting on 28 January 2016.