‘Bring us sex-for-jobs evidence’

The education ministry says there is nothing wrong with people making allegations, provided they back it up with evidence.

23 October 2020 | Ministries

Kenya Kambowe







RUNDU

Education ministry executive director Sanet Steenkamp has urged those making allegations of education inspectors and senior officials requesting sex, money or cattle from desperate, unemployed graduates in exchange for positions, to back this up with evidence.

She was responding to allegations made by All People’s Party (APP) secretary-general Vincent Kanyetu at a media conference in Rundu on Tuesday.

“There is a serious drama that is also shameful taking place around here, where teachers’ recruitment processes have become a business to the inspectors and school principals,” Kanyetu said.

“We are informed how people are paying cattle for employment and some cash or otherwise sex for employment.

“One teaching post will have 500 people shortlisted and interviewed. What a joke is this? Why are we fooling our people? Why are we wasting the time of our people and their resources, why?” Kanyetu asked.

No evidence

Kanyetu said once he has evidence, it will be provided to the relevant authorities.

Steenkamp, however, did not take Kanyetu’s claims lightly, saying it is regrettable that such statements are being made without a response being sought from her office.

“In Kavango East, we have not had any allegation in this matter being reported to our office and, therefore, it will remain an allegation,” she said.

“Secondly, in Kavango West, we did receive an anonymous letter and we have sent an investigating team. It was found that the allegations were truly unfounded and that there was no evidence to the effect of an education inspector or an education officer requesting either livestock, money or sex for positions.

“It is imperative for the ministry of education, arts and culture that when we do receive complaints in specific allegations, even if they are anonymous, we always look at the merit of the case and we treat it as something very serious that warrants an investigation,” Steenkamp said.

Back it up

Steenkamp said there is nothing wrong with people making allegations, provided they back it up with evidence.

“In this case it was unfounded; it was really a waste of resources, and if this is happening, I am sending a strong caution that if people have evidence, I insist that they present us with it so that we can follow the necessary grievances procedures.

“We will not at any moment tolerate any person within the public service appointed by the ministry to misuse his or her power and to be engaging in fraudulent activities.

“We have a very good track record as a ministry that we investigate our matters and we bring our disciplinary hearings to conclusion, but it is very sad that in this country somebody can make such a sweeping and unfounded allegation,” Steenkamp said.

“If they are man enough, they will submit evidence to my office and we will take the matter further, as we did in the past.”

[email protected]

Similar News

 

‘Bring us sex-for-jobs evidence’

1 month - 23 October 2020 | Ministries

Kenya Kambowe RUNDUEducation ministry executive director Sanet Steenkamp has urged those making allegations...

Covid kicks Shiimi in the teeth

1 month - 21 October 2020 | Ministries

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKThe Covid-19 pandemic has sucked government coffers dry and hit state revenue streams by nearly N$5 billion, thus exerting pressure...

Defence clarifies Chinese military presence in Namibia

2 months ago - 31 August 2020 | Ministries

NAMPA SWAKOPMUND Defence minister Peter Vilho has assured that interactions his ministry has in any sphere with the Chinese government are within the...

Customs in bid to outwit cunning clearing agents

4 months ago - 29 June 2020 | Ministries

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKThe directorate of customs in the finance ministry is making attempts to outwit clearing agents who avoid paying import duties by using product codes...

Defence pays N$300k to ghost attaché

4 months ago - 29 June 2020 | Ministries

NAMPAWINDHOEKThe defence ministry spent N$303 391 on a non-existing attaché purportedly posted to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), auditor-general (AG) Junias Kandjeke has found.This...

Youth unemployment plagues Nujoma

5 months ago - 15 June 2020 | Ministries

NAMPAWINDHOEKThe alarmingly high structural unemployment in Namibia, especially amongst young people, demands bold and targeted solutions. A new approach to employment creation is also required...

130 000 Namibians living abroad

5 months ago - 11 June 2020 | Ministries

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKA total of 68 358 international migrants are currently in Namibia, while more than 130 000 Namibians have been...

Education sector prioritised in development budget

5 months ago - 02 June 2020 | Ministries

Phillepus Uusiku - Priority sectors such as education got the second largest share of 14% after transport in the development budget for the 2020/21 fiscal...

Curb aimless travel, wastage - Nghipondoka

5 months ago - 01 June 2020 | Ministries

JUSTICIA SHIPENA WINDHOEKEducation minister Anna Nghipondoka on Friday told staff to curb the wastage of resources and aimless travel which do not add value to...

Tjongarero makes U-turn on NYC board

6 months ago - 18 May 2020 | Ministries

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEK The minister of sport, youth and national service Agnes Tjongarero has extended the National Youth Council's board of directors' term by...

Latest News

Kenya's economic growth to rebound...

10 hours ago | Economics

Duncan MiririKenya's economic growth is expected to bounce back next year, the World Bank said on Wednesday, as it emerges from a projected decline in...

Man kills, buries his partner

10 hours ago | Crime

TUYEIMO HAIDULAOKATANAA 36-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a body discovered on Wednesday at Omayanga village in the Okatana Constituency, Oshana Region. The...

Swapo holds on by fingernails

10 hours ago | Politics

TOIVO NDJEBELAWINDHOEKSwapo continued from where it left off with its downward spiral in last year's election by having its hold onto key constituencies and local...

Iipinge taps out

10 hours ago | Politics

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKOutgoing Walvis Bay Urban constituency councillor Knowledge Iipinge, who has conceded to Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) candidate Florian Donatus Tegako, says his work...

Nigerians to slide into further...

10 hours ago | Economics

Camille Malplat and Louise Dewast More than 200 million Nigerians will slide further into poverty as the coronavirus pandemic has sent oil prices tumbling and...

Hit the ground running

10 hours ago | Opinion

At the time of penning this down yesterday, the tabulation of election results was still under way. It didn’t look like a good day at...

Auto Sueco gunning the future...

10 hours ago | Politics

OGONE TLHAGEwindhoekFrom its humble beginnings in 2004, Auto Sueco Namibia is now a reckoned force in the Extra heavy and heavy commercial vehicle market with...

Ivory Coast raises 1 billion...

10 hours ago | Economics

Ivory Coast's Eurobond sale this week, sub-Saharan Africa's first of the pandemic era, raised 1 billion euros (US$1.19 billion) and was five times oversubscribed, the...

Open defecation remains a problem

10 hours ago | Health

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKIt is estimated that 14% of Namibians living in urban areas practise open defecation, while 77% of people living in rural areas do the...

Load More