CPBN opens books for recruitment probe

Files detailing the process of new recruitments at the CPBN have been received by the Office of the Ombudsman for scrutiny, as public anger rages.

22 May 2020 | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKES & OGONE TLHAGE







WINDHOEK

The Central Procurement Board of Namibia (CPBN) has opened itself up for an investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman regarding the appointment of 14 persons, nearly all from one ethnic group, at the agency tasked to vet government tenders.

This was confirmed by Ombudsman John Walters to Namibian Sun on Wednesday.

Following the contentious appointments, an online petition was lodged challenging the recruitment process while the National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) officially launched an appeal with the ombudsman’s office to question the appointments.

Walters said his office has received two more complaints from the public.

“We informed the head of the Central Procurement Board, Patrick Swartz, that we needed to hear his side of the story and that they will need to hand over all the documents pertaining to the recruitment process. The [CPBN] has agreed to avail the documents and they have been collected by our office. The investigation is in the process,” Walters said.

CPBN spokesperson Johanna Kambala, whose public explanation of the matter last week offered no details on how the process was conducted, said: “The board will be issuing a detailed press statement next week to address queries received from the media and members of the public with regard to the recruitment of new staff members.”

Playing ping pong

Finance ministry executive director Erica Shafuda washed her hands of the matter when approached for comment.

Despite head of government business in the National Assembly, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa insisting the finance ministry has a duty towards the beleaguered board, Shafuda maintains she plays no role in the autonomous body.

While Kuugongelwa refused to answer questions and pointed to the finance ministry instead, Shafuda said all queries should be directed to the head of the board, Swartz.

“That is a matter for the CPBN to answer,” she said.

‘Jobs for comrades’

Lawyer Filemon Shikomba called for an independent audit of all the applications for the positions.

“This issue is slowly becoming forgotten which shouldn’t be the case. CPBN is an important board which should be founded on transparency,” he said.

Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) leader Mike Kavekotora demanded that the appointment be reversed to include all Namibians.

He said it is “not surprising” that government continues with its “failed discriminatory practices of jobs for comrades”.

“Board members have been appointed on tribal lines without due considerations of their professional competency. Those who took this decision must realise that it does not gel well with the democracy and fairness. The best thing to do is to reverse this decision and take the demographic realities of Namibia into account,” he said.

‘Tribal war’

Meanwhile, the official political opposition, the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), said the composition of the CPBN staff complement has the potential to spark a tribal war.

“The dominance of one group, especially the majority population group, is the root of social unrest that could easily lead to civil war and genocide in our country, especially in the light of our failing economy and high unemployment rate,” PDM treasurer and member of parliament Nico Smit said.

Skewed staffing

Meanwhile, political analyst Ndumba Kamwanyah said the public outcry over such skewed staffing is justified, because not only does it not respect workplace diversity, but is also a slap in the face of “One Namibia, One Nation”.

“It is also insensitive to multicultural society like ours. The security firm that did a vetting process did a sloppy job to the extent that the outcome of their vetting looks like an exclusion by design.

“I support the investigation and people responsible being held accountable,” he said.

[email protected]

Similar News

 

Disabled farmer left high and dry

2 hours ago | Local News

Elizabeth JosephKEETMANSHOOP Farmer Elmo Plaatjies has been left more vulnerable than ever, with his farm Nooitgedagt without water for more than six months...

Otjiwarongo accelerates land delivery

1 day - 17 September 2020 | Local News

ESTER KAMATIOTJIWARONGO Given increasing concerns over the backlog of land delivery for especially middle to low income earners at Otjiwarongo, the local...

Otjiwarongo debt collection jobs under microscope

1 day - 17 September 2020 | Local News

Ester Kamati OTJIWARONGODebt collectors employed by the municipality of Otjiwarongo face an uphill battle to retain their jobs, with debt having...

Aalumentu yatatu ya ponokelwa kongwe

1 day - 17 September 2020 | Local News

ELLANIE SMIT OVENDUKAUuministeli womidhingoloko owa kokele oshiningwanima shoka tawu popi kutya otawu kongo ongwe ndjoka yi na uunimwena uyali opo yeli tululule Palopota yopolisi,...

Iidhipaga konima sho a ponokele ohonda ye nekatana

1 day - 17 September 2020 | Local News

NAMPAONGWEDIVAOmulumentu gwoomvula 39 okwiidhipaga sho iimangeleke momukunda Onandova moshitopolwa shaHangwena, mOmaandaha.Omunambelewa omukwatakanithi nomukonaaakoni gwiimbuluma moshitopolwa shaHangwena, Omupeha Komufala, Zacharias Amakali okwa koleke oshiningwanima shoka, ta...

Wu scores N$20m discount in land deal

3 days ago - 15 September 2020 | Local News

Kenya KamboweRUNDUChinese-born property magnate Stinu Wu’s company, Helmsman Group, has scored a massive discount of over N$20 million in a land deal that will see...

Covid-19: Erongo must 'redouble efforts'

3 days ago - 15 September 2020 | Local News

ADOLF KAURESWAKOPMUNDDespite Walvis Bay recording no new positive Covid-19 cases on 8 September, Erongo governor Neville Andre says there is still room for improvement.“Let us...

290 Otjiwarongo streets without names

3 days ago - 15 September 2020 | Local News

Ester KamatiOTJIWARONGOOf the nearly 490 streets in Otjiwarongo, including 99 in an informal settlement at the town, only about 200 have been named, mainly in...

Omaikuthomwenyo geli pombanda moNamibia

3 days ago - 15 September 2020 | Local News

JANA-MARI SMITHOVENDUKAOmiyalu dhoka odheetitha uutile kutya omaidhigapo otaga londo pombanda unene muule woomwedhi twa taalela unene sho oshigwana sha taalela omikundu dhopaliko nonkalathano omolwa ombuto...

Ohole oyo yeeta eyaluko moondholongo

3 days ago - 15 September 2020 | Local News

OGONE TLHAGEOVENDUKAEsiloshisho lyohole ndyoka lya pewa mboka ya monika ombuto yoCovid-19 moodhoolongo yaVenduka oshowo mOmbaye olyo lya etitha eeluko li li pombanda pahapu dhaKomufala gwOondholongo...

Latest News

I won't muzzle Fishrot probe...

2 hours ago | Banking

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKBank of Namibia governor Johannes !Gawaxab has scoffed at claims that his appointment as the head of the central bank was politically motivated and...

We are not out of...

2 hours ago | Health

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKThe Covid-19 state of emergency expired last night and the onus is now on each individual to exercise maximum personal responsibility and vigilance, President...

Head-on collision claims four lives

2 hours ago | Accidents

ELIZABETH JOSEPHKEETMANSHOOPA car accident 15 km from Koës killed four people at around noon on Wednesday.It is alleged that two vehicles, one belonging to NamPower...

Time to work our socks...

2 hours ago | Opinion

As expected by every sensible person, President Hage Geingob yesterday announced the end of the Covid-19 state of emergency whose dark cloud has engulfed the...

Gertze's attempted murder case withdrawn

2 hours ago | Justice

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKNamibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) CEO Franz Gertze is off the hook after the Office of the Prosecutor-General declined to prosecute him for a shooting...

'Total disarray'

2 hours ago | Government

KENYA KAMBOWERUNDUGrootfontein CEO Sisco Sinvula has written a five-page press statement in which he exposes what he describes as “total disarray” and an appalling state...

NSFAF to proceed with laptop...

2 hours ago | Education

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKThe Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund will go ahead with its plan to procure laptop computers for students.The fund will only procure laptops for...

Grootfontein fraud probe drags on

2 hours ago | Police And Crime

Kenya KamboweRUNDU Eighteen months after a case was opened with the police, no arrests have yet been made in a fraud case that...

Suzy Eises announces new projects

2 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE WINDHOEK On top of bagging international collaborations courtesy of her talent and the power of Twitter, Suzy Eises recently shared that she is...

Load More