City to conclude CEO search in September

29 April 2021 | Local News

OGONE TLHAGE



WINDHOEK

Windhoek mayor Job Amupanda says the city council hopes to conclude the appointment of a CEO by the end of September.

The City is currently without a CEO following the resignation of Robert Kahimise in November 2020.

“Pursuant to the swearing-in of the new council on 3 December 2020, the recruitment of a substantive CEO remains a primary deliverable aimed at capacitating the organisation to achieve its ambitious objectives of the new council,” Amupanda said earlier.

The future CEO would play a critical role in the delivery of services related to socio-economic development, Amupanda explained.

“Windhoek faces significant challenges in terms of economic development, youth unemployment and investment and promotion. It is against these challenges and that the council seeks an enthusiastic visionary to head the said department and make a meaningful contribution towards the livelihood of Windhoek’s residents,” he said.

The new CEO would be required to execute the opposition-led council’s programmes, Amupanda said.

“The ideal candidate should be both suitably qualified and experienced. That said and equally important, the incumbent CEO should possess and embrace an innovative and progressive ethos required to execute and operationalise the council’s strategic intent,” he said.

The Windhoek municipality is currently headed by George Mayumbelo, who also serves as its head for human capital and corporate services.

Advertisements for the position of CEO will be published from 30 April.

Bearing of coalition agreement?

Namibian Sun asked Amupanda whether the conclusion of a coalition agreement would have any bearing on the appointment of the new CEO. No response was received.

The council is yet to pronounce itself on a coalition agreement.

The council has chosen Fillemon Hambuda of the Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) as chairperson of its management committee.

In December, Amupanda of the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement was elected as mayor, replacing Swapo councillor Fransina Kahungu.

Politicians of the IPC, AR, National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) and PDM were elected to serve on the management committee, excluding councillors from Swapo and the Landless People’s Movement (LPM).