‘Dubious’ Kunene CRO reappointment questioned

Gaobaeb said the decision to reinstate Kamseb was done to bring an end to what he described as a “mess” created by the previous council.

21 June 2021 | Local News

Kenya Kambowe







RUNDU

The Kunene regional council’s decision to reinstate its former accounting officer, George Kamseb, on a two-year contract has been met with criticism, with some calling the move “pure corruption”.

Some of the allegations are that the regional council reinstated Kamseb after he had already received his exit package when his contract was terminated in 2018.

The chief regional officer (CRO) position a Kunene has been vacant since 2018, when Kamseb's contract was terminated by the previous council, and the duties were performed by a series of acting appointments thereafter.

However, in a dramatic turn of events, Kamseb has returned.

This is after the newly elected council, under the leadership of the region’s management committee chairperson, Hendrik Gaobaeb, during a meeting last month decided to reinstate Kamseb.

In a letter dated 9 June from Gaobaeb to urban and rural development minister Erastus Uutoni the council informed the line minister on the decision to reinstate Kamseb.

On the same day, Gaobaeb wrote a letter to Kauna Haimbodi, the deputy director of human resource management, to start the processing of Kamseb’s salary.

I accept

The two correspondences were a result of Kamseb’s response to a letter dated 2 June in which Gaobaeb indicated that the council has resolved to reinstate him and that he must indicate when he wants to resume work.

Kamseb, on the same day, responded to Gaobaeb indicating that he accepts the decision and that he could commence with work on 9 June.

Kamseb also assured that there will no longer be a legal battle between him and the council.

When contacted for comment last week, Gaobaeb said the decision to reinstate Kamseb was done to bring an end to what he described as a “mess” created by the previous council and administrators who did not want Kamseb as the CRO of Kunene.

“To the others who say we did an illegal thing, according to which Act did we act unlawfully? And the other thing is that council resolutions are public documents; it’s open for the public,” he remarked.

“What is wrong with the reinstatement of Kamseb? If Kamseb was not illegally suspended, there would be no issue at the end of his contract, but the issue is that he was illegally put on forced leave,” he said.

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