CoW CEO refuses to appear on accounts

28 Apr 2017 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 28 APR (NAMPA) – A public hearing with the City of Windhoek (CoW) was suspended on Friday morning after the local authority’s chief executive officer (CEO) refused to appear before the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Economy of the National Council.
Robert Kahimise was supposed to explain issues raised in the Report of the Auditor-General (AG) on the CoW accounts for the financial year that ended 30 June 2013.
Kahimise informed the committee in a letter that he would not appear for the public hearing because he could not account for things that happened before his time of appointment.
Kahimise was appointed in February 2017 as CEO, replacing Niilo Taapopi.
Chairperson of the committee, Phillipus Shikongo told Nampa on Friday Kahimise’s reason for not appearing was invalid and unacceptable.
“When he was appointed as an accounting officer, there should have been a proper handover and takeover. He has inherited things of the institution – whether good or bad,” Shikongo said.
The hearing was postponed till further notice in spite of CoW Manager for Human Resources Fillemon Hambuda and Strategic Executive for Finance, George Esterhuizen being present on behalf of Kahimise.
Some of the issues noted in the AG’s report include bad debt accrued to N.dollars 150 887 496 in 2013; unsupported documentation of assets amounting to N.dollars 22 413 620; differences in valued added tax; and unexplained differences in payroll reconciliation.
The City also recorded losses of N.dollars 326 921 583, which were mainly attributed to losses recorded at the City Police Department of N.dollars 262 824 917.