Suspended NAC managers found not guilty should resume work: Mutorwa

27 Aug 2018 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 27 AUG (NAMPA) – Suspended senior managers at the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) whose cases are finalised and not found guilty could resume their work at the company on Tuesday.
This was said by Minister of Works and Transport, John Mutorwa in a media statement.
Mutorwa said his ministry held a meeting last week Tuesday to discuss urgent issues related to the NAC, where it unanimously agreed that the long-drawn suspension of senior managers at the company had serious and negative effects on the activities of the company.
The company suspended its managers Toska Sem, Josephine Soroses, Verengai Ruswa, Albert Sibeya and Courage Silombela as well as the parastatal’s then CEO, Tamer El Kallawi last year.
They were suspended on allegations of corruption, bribery, fraud and dishonesty.
Mutorwa said NAC board members were directed to provide a written report on the current status of the vacant NAC chief executive officer position, whereby the board undertook to finalise the recruitment process by the end of October 2018.
NAC appointed Lot Haifidi as acting CEO on 03 August 2018, replacing Albertus Aochamub who also acted in the position from December 2017 until February 2018.
“The meeting further agreed that there is a need to appoint a new board member, whereafter a chairperson and a deputy chairperson will have to be elected by the five board members from amongst themselves, in accordance with the applicable legal requirements,” Mutorwa said.
Moreover, the ministry requested the NAC to formally inform the works ministry and the Ministry of Public Enterprises about the court verdict of the Ondangwa Airport case scheduled to be heard in the High Court on 08 October 2018.
The airports company is battling allegations of corruption after its former CEO, Tamer El-Kallawi allegedly chose a Chinese company to work on the renovations of the Ondangwa Airport for N.dollars 200 million without issuing a public tender.