WhatsApp conversation concocted: Tjivikua

08 Mar 2019 09:30am
WINDHOEK, 08 MAR (NAMPA) – Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) Vice Chancellor (VC), Professor Tjama Tjivikua claims that the WhatsApp conversation involving him and circulated on social media was concocted.
A media statement issued by the executive secretary of the VC, Cheryl Kahatjipara, on Thursday stated that an imposter attempted to craft a message to create the impression of a so-called dialogue between the VC and someone else.
NUST is in the process of recruiting a new VC for the institution to take over from Tjivikua after he steps down later this year. Five candidates have been interviewed and the WhatsApp messages purported that Tjivikua favoured one candidate over another.
The statement said the screenshot messages accuse the VC of corruption and called to action ‘Young friends and AR (Affirmative Repositioning) activists’.
“While the messages were steeped in innuendo, tribalism and favouritism, the content serves to erroneously give the impression of an attempt on the part of the VC and the other person to tamper with the results/outcome of the interviews for the post of the new VC,” it added.
The statement pointed out that Tjivikua was not involved in the Search Committee or Council to select and interview the shortlisted candidates.
“The NUST Council and the VC dismiss with disdain and disgust the false content referred to in this communication,” it said.
Kahatjipara noted that the circulated social media content is malignant and “cannot be disregarded, especially since Namibian society’s intellect seems to be discounted or ignored by such deviousness”.