Two NAC execs off the hook

15 March 2019 | Transport

Two executive managers at the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) appear to have been vindicated following the conclusion of disciplinary processes into alleged corruptive practices at the parastatal.

This is according to a source who indicated that human resources manager Josephine Soroses and finance and administration manager Ruswa Verengai are off the hook.

Commercial services manager Toska Sem's disciplinary hearing has not yet been concluded, while manager for organisational development Albert Sibeya has tendered his resignation.

The NAC had in October 2017 suspended the quartet without any substantive charges.

“This mainly serves to convey that the following have been suspended ... from their positions with immediate effect by the undersigned, pending investigations pertaining to disciplinary transgressions that they may have committed,” a circular read.

Sem, who has since returned to work, complained through her lawyer Richard Metcalfe last year that the disciplinary processes were being done at a snail's pace, The Namibian reported.

“At every stage of this so-called disciplinary hearing, our client has been denied access to documentation by auditors, the NAC and initiator Sisa Namandje & Co Inc,” Metcalfe said.

Transport minister John Mutorwa had at the recent unveiling of incoming NAC CEO Bisey /Uirab blasted the unending disciplinary hearings.

“As far as suspension of staff members is concerned, I advise that, where so justified, it must be done within the prescription of the applicable laws, as well as within the letter and spirit of article 18 of the constitution,” Mutorwa said.

He said suspensions also had the impact of ruining the reputations of those involved, sometimes unfairly.

“We are ruled by law. Suspension cannot be unending. Suspensions should be short, so that the process of a disciplinary hearing can start,” Mutorwa said.

According to him, the suspension of the quartet impacted the NAC financially.

“This thing of just suspending has cost the company. How do you run a company like that?” Mutorwa asked.

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