New CoW CEO to tackle land shortage

27 Jan 2017 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JAN (NAMPA) – Newly appointed City of Windhoek (CoW) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Robert Kahimise has promised to tackle the ongoing land issues in the capital.
Kahimise replaced Niilo Taapopi, whose contract came to an end in 2014.
He will serve in this position for the next five years as from 01 February 2017.
Kahimise was introduced to members of the public and media by Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua on Friday.
“The challenges facing the city can only be solved by the support of the community and staff members of the City,” he said.
Kahimise said he is prepared to embrace the challenges mentioned in the Mayoral Agenda 2017 and find ways to minimise them together with the council and staff.
Some of the issues include the improvement of the systems of operations and performance; promotion of economic development and job creation; and land delivery and affordable housing.
Kazapua welcomed Kahimise and promised to support him all the way.
The CoW offered Kahimise the job after Namdeb General Manager, Riaan Burger turned it down because the annual N.dollars 2,7 million offered is lower than what he is earning at Namdeb.
Kahimise accepted the offer to earn about N.dollars 220 000 per month.
Kahimise was CEO for Erongo RED since 2013. He also worked as General Manager for Commercial Services at Erongo RED before he was appointed CEO.
From 2004 to June 2010, he worked as Manager for Regulatory Support Services at the Electricity Control Board and he also worked as an employee consultant at Alexander Forbes.
Kahimise had also worked for the Ministry of Mines and Energy.
He holds a Masters of Business Administration qualification from the University of Stellenbosch in 2003, while he also obtained a National Diploma in Accounting and Finance from the then Polytechnic of Namibia, now the Namibia University of Science and Technology.