NHE loses N$10m in rental incompetence

19 November 2019 | Infrastructure

A senior manager at the National Housing Enterprise, Willem Titus, is accused of failing to issue invoices for the sale of several houses at Ongwediva, costing the entity N$10.4 million in the process.

Titus was tasked to manage and supervise the construction and sale of houses at Ongwediva but allegedly failed to do so according to a document seen by Namibian Sun.

Titus, as the head of the business development division, allegedly failed to ensure that the division had a system for invoicing customers or commercial banks for house sales.





“The accused employee, as the head of business development, failed to manage and supervise the northern regional manager and his team during the implementation of the Ongwediva extensions 2 and 14 and as a result thereof the occupants of NHE houses were given possession of the houses without occupational rental agreements having been entered into pending the conveyancing process,” the disciplinary charge sheet reads.

Money has been outstanding since 2013/2014 and tenants occupied NHE property without paying rent, the charges state.

“The employer has reason to believe that the accused employee is guilty of the misconduct of dereliction of duty and gross negligence resulting in monetary losses to the employer in the amount over N$10.4 million,” the document reads.

Titus was also charged with insubordination for allegedly failing to fill the vacant position of regional manager for the NHE's West Branch.

“The CEO on or about January/February 2019 instructed the accused employee on more than one occasion to make out a requisition for the filling of the regional manager: West Branch, which instructions the accused employee again for reasons known to him unlawfully and wrongfully refused to carry out,” the charges read.

Titus was placed on suspension in September this year.

When approached for comment on the charges, Titus referred Namibian Sun to the NHE. He said he was unaware of any charges against him.

“Let me get back to you. I cannot reply, I cannot reply on an issue I am not aware of,” he said.

Titus had earlier told The Namibian that he was surprised to learn that he was being charged with insubordination.

“I have done nothing wrong. I am surprised to learn that I am being suspended for insubordination. They want to victimise me, but we all know what the labour laws of this country state regarding the altering of someone's employment conditions,” he told The Namibian at the time.

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