‘We are not paid overpaid’: Karuaihe-Upi

12 Sep 2019 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 12 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibian Broadcasting Cooperation (NBC) Acting Director-General, Umbi Karuaihe Upi said top executives at the national broadcaster are not overpaid as has been claimed by National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) secretary general Joseph Kauandenge.
Karuaihe-Upi said this on Thursday in an interview with Nampa, when she responded to remarks made by Kauandenge earlier this week that NBC’s top executives are overpaid and their salaries should be revealed to the public.
She said the salaries of NBC’s top executives are not secret as they are already in the public domain because they are paid according to the law.
“One thing you also have to take into consideration is that most people on average are here for 25 years and some even for up to 30 or 40 years - which means if you worked for so many years, then of course your salary will increase. We are not paid out of context, no one here is overpaid,” said Karuaihe-Upi.
Kauandenge said most of the time at parastatals, executive salaries are where most of the money goes and when they want to retrench, they target lower-ranked employees who do not make a difference to the overall capital flow of the organisation.
“We need to know how much they are being paid and should there be retrenchment, why don’t they start there where most of the money goes? The salary of one top executive might save 10 to 20 lower-ranked employees,” he said.
The State broadcaster has announced cost-cutting measures that include possible downsizing.