No SOE CEO to be suspended without minister's approval

03 Jun 2016 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 03 JUN (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Public Enterprises has reiterated that no chief executive officer (CEOs), managing director (MD) or senior manager of public enterprises should be suspended without approval from the line minister.
Minister of Public Enterprises Leon Jooste said this here on Thursday during launch the Public Enterprises Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) Forum.
“No CEO should be suspended without following procedures…These suspensions are detrimental to the performance and success of public enterprises.”
Several CEOs of State-owned enterprises (SOEs) were suspended by their boards for various alleged transgressions over the past few years.
They include TransNamib CEO Sara Naanda, Air Namibia MD Theo Namases, and Namibia Training Authority (NTA) CEO Maria Nangolo-Rukoro.
Naanda was suspended in 2014 after allegations of misconduct were levelled against her, while Namases was also suspended in 2014 amid infighting at the airline. Nangolo-Rukoro was suspended in 2013 following allegations of corruption.
Naanda and the TransNamib Board have since reached a settlement, while the Anti-Corruption Commission has cleared Nangolo-Rukoro from any wrongdoing and the NTA Board ended disciplinary proceedings against her. Namases is still on suspension.
Jooste noted that the forum will give the ministry the opportunity to discuss issues such as the performance of Boards, CEOs and senior management.
“As such and expectation was created that there will be improved communication between the various stakeholders, while the CEOs will also be provided with a platform to share views and establish a formal structure through which stakeholders can engage the public enterprises’ accounting officers”.
Jooste noted that public enterprises are an important component for achieving the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) as they are equipped with the necessary technical, financial, commercial and legal resources to carry out the tasks required under the HPP.
The HPP, launched in April this year, outlines Government's planned developmental activities for the next four years. It is based on five pillars - effective governance and service delivery; economic advancement; social progression; infrastructure development; and international relations and cooperation.
The minister was positive that the SOEs will play an important role in accelerating the development of the country and the successful implementation of the HPP.
Jooste also announced that his ministry has begun re-classifying various public enterprises into tiers to make them more efficient. He did not elaborate.
Namibia has 97 public enterprises.