24 Oct 2017 16:40pm
REHOBOTH, 24 OCT (NAMPA) The Kalkrand Village Council in the Hardap Region has been operating without a chief executive officer (CEO) for over a year after Seth Boois was suspended in September 2016 for alleged fraud.
Speaking to Nampa last Thursday Hendrick Nuganab, chairperson of the Kalkrand Village Council Management Committee, said Boois was suspended with full pay to allow investigations into the accusation to go ahead, adding that an independent candidate was appointed to finalise the investigations.
We are, however, at an advanced stage to finalise the matter, but at this stage I dont want to divulge much into the matter as it might jeopardise the investigations, Nuganab said.
Boois was suspended following allegations of incomplete capital projects and non-accountability for capital project funds.
These include payment for 60 sewage septic tanks while only 30 were ordered.
The irregularities were uncovered when contractor, King Investment CC, requested payment from Acting Chief Regional Officer Theresia Basson in Mariental for payment of the tanks, but was told to provide attachments and proof of orders before any payment could be made. The contractor then provided documents proving that 30 tanks were ordered, of which 20 were already delivered, and not 60 as Boois had allegedly claimed.
The other charge includes the incomplete football stadium that was also budgeted for, but could not be completed due to a lack of funds. The contractor then downed tools in protest of non-payment, leaving the project incomplete.
Contacted for comment, an official at the public relations department of the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development said the ministry is unable to comment on the matter because the CEO is appointed by the council and the suspension was effected by the council.
The ministry is not the one who suspends them. The council will be in a better position to provide answers, said the official, who asked not to be named.
Currently, Technical Foreman of the council, Ruben Sitanga is acting as CEO.