Kandjii-Murangi accused of meddling in Nanso affairs

22 Nov 2018 16:30pm
By Edward Mumbuu Jnr
WINDHOEK, 22 NOV (NAMPA) – Namibia National Students’ Organisation (Nanso) Secretary for Khomas, Epaphras Sheya Ngolo has accused Minister of Higher Education, Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi of interfering in the affairs of the youth organisation.
In an interview with Nampa recently, Sheya Ngolo described the minister’s involvement as having “captured and compromised” the student body.
Kandjii-Murangi stands accused of appointing her “cronies” to boards of parastatals under her ministry on a Nanso ticket without the organisation’s blessing.
Contacted for comment, Kandjii-Murangi flatly denied the allegations.
“Me? That is very much untrue. There is no truth whatsoever in those allegations. I am not dealing with any administrative matters of that organisation at all,” the minister maintained.
On the board appointments, she had this to say: “I request nominees from specified institutions and organisations and it’s them that make nominations.”
“People must understand that when there is a requirement for a board to have a youthful person, it doesn’t have to be Nanso always,” she noted.
The appointment of Emma Theofelus to the National Council of Higher Education board has been questioned.
Mirriam Sezuni was also appointed to represent Nanso on the National Commission on Research Science and Technology board.
In this instance, Nanso had recommended that its former vice president, Maitjituavi Kavetu serve on the board.
Kavetu had served on that board for one year before their term came to an end in 2017.
Without providing details, Kavetu confirmed having had issues with Kandjii-Murangi during his time at Nanso.
“We had differences and they could have contributed to her not following the recommendation of the (Nanso) leadership to appoint me. But I can't comment further,” he said.
On her part, current Nanso President, Ester Simon confirmed that Sezuni’s appointment was never sanctioned by Nanso.
“We don’t even know who she is. She is nowhere on the Nanso structures,” Simon said.
Nampa further understands that Kandjii-Murangi ordered the restructuring of several Nanso branches in some regions for political reasons, contrary to Nanso’s constitution.
The regions are Kavango East and Kavango West, Zambezi, Oshana and Oshikoto.
When this was put to the minster, she was shocked.
“Oh my God...no really. How could I do that?” she asked.
In a letter dated 17 October 2018, Sheya Ngolo called on Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Director, Paulus Noa to investigate the minister’s involvement in the student body’s operations.
“The minister is alleged to have been giving government vehicles (a white bus and Nissan sedan) and a petrol card to individual Nanso leaders for tours around the country with their friends and families, with a hired private driver paid on commission, in exchange to protect the minister from student pressure and unrest,” reads a section of the letter.
Kandjii-Murangi indicated that she was also not privy to any decision that gave the Nanso leadership government vehicles.
Approached for comment, ACC's Head of Investigations Nelius Becker confirmed receipt of the complaints.
“At this point, it hasn't progressed a lot because it was only recently allocated to an investigator - on the 20th (of November 2018). There is not much that has been done but we are going to investigate. That's all I can tell you,” Becker said.