NPL CEO appointment imminent

13 Mar 2018 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 13 MAR (NAMPA) – Namibia Premier League (NPL) Chairperson, Patrick Kauta, said they are close to filling the league's vacant chief executive officer (CEO) position.
Speaking at the league’s weekly media engagement at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, Kauta said Erwin Ndjavera from the Ministry of Youth Sports and National Service has been recommended to the NPL executive committee as the ideal candidate to run the league.
“His appointment is subject to negotiations with the ministry as he is an employee there,” Kauta said, adding that they hope Ndjavera will resume duty no later than 01 May 2018.
He said they would like to have Ndjavera seconded to the league for a period of three years.
Contrary to previous reports, Kauta said only one candidate was recommended to the NPL executive by the interviewing panel, not six.
He said negotiations with the ministry include the issue of payment for the CEO.
“We want to have the CEO’s term running concurrently with that of the league as we do not want to burden the future board with our appointee when our term ends,” Kauta explained.
He said they will make plans based on their budget if they do not reach an agreement with the ministry to transfer Ndjavera, a top secretariat official.
The NPL has been operating without a CEO since Mathew Haikali was fired in 2011 after being accused of unlawfully hiking his own salary and those of his subordinates.
Haikali’s firing meant the league’s chairperson had to take over the duties of the CEO, especially various crucial administrative and policy decisions, a situation which has not been healthy for the league.
NPL Administrator, Tovey Hoebeb, has also been assisting with some of the CEO duties.