Okahandja CEO suspended

12 Sep 2013 17:00
By: Mulisa Simiyasa
OTJIWARONGO, 12 SEP (NAMPA) – Okahandja chief executive officer (CEO), Frans Enkali was suspended “with immediate effect” on Thursday.
Enkali was suspended by the town council management committee, amidst claims of insubordination.
He confirmed his suspension to Nampa in an interview on Thursday, saying the letter of suspension which he received around 11h00 (Thursday) was signed by the three members of the council’s management committee.
The three members of the Okahandja town council’s management committee are Valarie Aron (chairperson), Samson Mieze and Andreas Bezuidenhoudt.
Enkali became CEO of Okahandja last year July.
On her part, Aron told this news agency that the CEO was suspended because of “numerous pending issues” that are yet to be investigated against him.
She did not spell out the issues leveled against the CEO.
Meanwhile, Okahandja Deputy Mayor Paulina Kuyandeka rubbished the CEO’s alleged suspension, calling it illegal.
She said the Okahandja town council’s management committee cannot suspend Enkali as it (the management committee) was dissolved two-weeks ago in a vote of no confidence by the town councilors.
The deputy mayor said Aron has no power to suspend Enkali.
“We dissolved the town council’s management committee a few weeks ago. I, therefore, I don’t know of any town councillors who can suspend him (Enkali),” Kuyandeka said.
She said any instruction to suspend the CEO has to come from all the town councillors, and should not be a unilateral decision of some council members or the management committee.
Kuyandeka also questioned why the CEO should be suspended now only after the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) started investigating corruption charges against Aron.
Employees of the Okahandja municipality are on Friday expected to stage a peaceful demonstration against Enkali’s suspension.