Gibeon CEO resigns after absenteeism accusations

April 12, 2018, 5:37pm

The Gibeon Village Council (GVC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Desire Theunissen resigned from her position last week Friday after she was allegedly confronted by the village council for absenteeism.

According to the Chairperson of the GVC Anna Justine Garoes, Theunissen did not fulfil her duties since she was appointed as the CEO, she told The Villager.

“We have been having problems with her ever since her appointment. It is either she does not show up for work for a number of days or she would not agree with any collective decision taken by the councilors for development of the town. She has also disappointed the council for being absent when the auditors came in for auditing. She did not show up as the person responsible for the council’s administration,” she said.

She accused the CEO of incompetence and that she immediately resigned after the council confronted her. 

Garoes further explained that the councilors had to put in more efforts to bring down the escalating water bills of the community.

“The members of the community owed the council more than N$10 million dollars and we had taken a collective decision to cut costs by not allowing any of the employees to travel in order not to pay subsistence and travel allowance to employees. We did successfully manage to bring the debt down to N$7 million after the decision was taken. She did not agree with the council on the decision,” she said. 

She added Theunissen wrote to the council asking to be reinstated as CEO after she had already resigned, only to be turned down.

She then threatened to take the council to court, Garoes alleged.