Hainghumbi in the dark about charges

05 June 2019 | Government

Grootfontein municipality finance executive Ileni Hainghumbi is still in the dark about the exact charges he faces.

Hainghumbi, who was suspended in January for alleged misconduct, and whose suspension was lifted in April, said he has only read about being charged in the media.

Last month The Namibian reported that Hainghumbi had been given until 17 May to respond to the charges levelled against him by the municipality.

“I know nothing about those charges and I have only heard about it from newspaper reporting. Since my reinstatement, I am always present at work, but I did not receive the said charges. I think they were only presented to the media, while snubbing me,” said Hainghumbi.

“I think all these are just plots to get rid of me from the municipality, because I understand that the chief accountant and the town planner have been charged for the same issue as me, but they were never suspended or exposed in the media.”

A charge sheet dated 9 May, which was leaked to the media, reveals that Hainghumbi allegedly defied orders and made several payments amounting to N$768 500 to different accounts.

When contacted for comment the municipality's acting CEO Arnold Ameb refused to shed light on the matter.

“Hainghumbi's issue is an internal matter and it is none of your business. We are resolving it internally,” said Ameb.

ILENI NANDJATO