Haihambo 'will be back'

Acting Rundu CEO Sikongo Haihambo had tendered his resignation in May, amid vicious infighting amongst the town's five Swapo councillors.

15 July 2019 | Local News

Rundu mayor Isak Kandingu has reassured that Sikongo Haihambo, who resigned as the town's acting CEO, will soon be back in his position.

In an interview with Namibian Sun Kandingu confidently said Haihambo will return to his duties as the acting CEO, a position he held for the past 10 months before his sudden resignation.

Herman Haingura, the head of strategic executive corporate services, is currently acting as the CEO of the town.

“We are sorting something out. Haihambo will come back. Haingura is just acting for now,” Kandingu said, when asked what the latest developments were with regard to the CEO position.

Haihambo tendered his resignation in May, amid vicious infighting amongst the town's five Swapo councillors, which left Rundu operating without a management committee for many months.

The management committee issue was recently resolved after urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga intervened.

When contacted for comment, Haihambo told Namibian Sun: “My last comment and position on the matter stands.”

He was referring to an interview on 31 May, when he told Namibian Sun he will only reverse his decision to resign after applying his mind, and having proper consultations with his wife, as she was the person he consulted before he accepted the acting CEO position.

Haihambo said at the time that accepting the position came with a lot of sacrifices.

Despite the political infighting, which made Haihambo's work unbearable, to a certain extent, he managed to deliver services to the people of Rundu.

Rundu businesswoman Elizabeth Hilger organised a mass prayer session at the council premises after she learnt that Haihambo had resigned.

“When Haihambo occupied the office in September 2018, Rundu was faced with water cuts, whereby the town would go without water for up to a week.

However, we don't experience it anymore. We cannot afford to lose Haihambo,” Hilger said.

Haihambo's contract was supposed to come to an end at the end of next month.

Namibian Sun has been reliably informed that the town council is currently shortlisting candidates who applied for the CEO position, after the post was advertised earlier this month.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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