10 Feb 2019 14:40pm
By Edward Mumbuu Jnr
WINDHOEK, 10 FEB (NAMPA) Suspended chief executive officer (CEO) of the Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP), Augustinus Katiti has denied any wrongdoing in the appointment of his former personal assistant (PA), Nancy Angula to a managerial position.
Katiti stands accused of using his position as NIP CEO to appoint Angula to the position of Manager of Analysis, and to the detriment of two candidates who performed better than her in the interview.
Upon Angulas appointment on 01 November 2016, her salary spiralled upwards from N.dollars 300 353.64 to N.dollars 790 073.64 per annum, resulting in an increase of N.dollars 489 720.
Chairperson of the NIP board, Dr Diina Shuuluka who instated internal investigations, declined to be drawn into the matter of the troubled parastatal.
I am not at liberty to comment on board issues, she told Nampa on Sunday.
However, she confirmed knowing about the investigation and explained that the decision to appoint Angula into the position was exclusively Katitis as no board approval was sought for the creation and establishment of the position.
Katiti on his part acknowledged the appointment, but denied any wrongdoing in the process, saying the institution was without a board at the time of Angulas appointment.
The board does not sanction appointments at that level, it (appointment) never required board approval, he added.
The former Walvis Bay Municipality boss also said there is justification as to why he chose Angula ahead of the two frontrunners, such as the Affirmative Action Act and Namibias policy stance of promoting women into leadership positions.
The appointment was properly motivated and the position was created and sanctioned. It was advertised, a process which I had no control over. Candidates were interviewed and a recommendation was made, he continued.
Katiti emphasised that the differences between the points scored by the internal female candidate against two external male candidates was insignificant, to the effect that it was motivated and the female was appointed.
He said: To say this was corruption is something I fail to understand. Corrupt to benefit what? I am not related to the lady. And I have always preferred to employ internal candidates over external ones.
Documents in Nampas possession indicate that six candidates applied for the position in question. They are Lukas Ailmo, Josef Tangi, Tjihuee Kahure, Romanus Kawana, Vinea Sinalumbu and Angula.
According to the scoresheet, Sinalumbu scored 86,8 per cent, followed by Kawana in second with 84,3 per cent while Angula had 80,6 per cent.
Katiti appointing her to the position not only violates the NIP recruitment and staffing policies, but also to the prejudice of the two persons who were recommended for possible appointment. Further, no board approval was obtained for the creation and establishment of the position, reads a section of the report into Katitis alleged underhand dealings.
It further reads: Angula as Katitis personal executive, personal assistant or employee, Katiti had direct interest in the appointment of Angula.
The remuneration of Angula, according to the investigation is also in contravention of provisions of the State-Owned Enterprises Governance Act of 2006.
Katiti was among other things suspended in June 2018 for failing to prudently run the State agency that is currently is wallowing in financial troubles.
In the interim, NIPs chief internal auditor, Mecky Nghipandulwa is the acting CEO while Katiti is on suspension on full pay.