Suspended RTC CEO returns to office

04 May 2018 15:20pm
By Petrus Muronga
RUNDU, 04 MAY (NAMPA) – Suspended Chief Executive Officer of the Rundu Town Council (RTC), Romanus Haironga is expected to resume his office duties on Monday.
Haironga was suspended last year June following allegations of meddling in then ongoing investigations into irregularities at the council.
His suspension was meant to last for three months, but was later extended.
Mayor Verna Sinimbo, when contacted for confirmation on the matter on Thursday, referred this agency to her deputy as she was on leave.
Deputy Mayor Ralph Ihemba then confirmed that Haironga will be resuming his duties as the CEO of the council, but declined to divulge further information.
“I cannot divulge anything now until Monday, when we will have a meeting to clarify issues as well as welcoming him back; then I can talk to you,” he said.
Haironga was suspended along with three other employees of the council on allegations of corruption during a council caucus meeting last year.
Former RTC acting CEO, Fransiska Thikerete, whose term expired last month, told Nampa in February that the council was to be briefed the same month by private investigator Linus Neumbo, who was appointed to probe the accusations of malpractice, corruption and kickbacks around tenders awarded by the town council.
However, the local authority has still not pronounced itself on the results of the investigations against the suspended employees.
The other three, who remain on suspension, are Strategic Executive for Corporate Services, Herman Haingura, Head of Technical and Mechanical Affairs, Leevi Kakukuru, as well as Head of Environmental Health, Sitembikhosi Moyo.
Haironga, when contacted for comment on Friday, said he was “automatically” expected to report for duty when his suspension is over, since he was not served with any communication instructing him to stay away from work.
“I am coming back to work, because the duration of the suspension has lapsed and I was not served with any extension. I also don’t want at a later stage, to be accused of not pitching up for work,” he said.
Asked if he was informed of the charges against him, Haironga said nothing of the sort was communicated to him.