Omuthiya without CEO

02 September 2019 | Government

Omuthiya mayor Katrina Uusiku has declined to comment on the fact that the town council has no CEO or acting CEO at the moment.

Samuel Mbango's employment contract expired on Saturday after the town councillors decided not to renew it.

Sources at the council say the list of potential acting CEOs was never updated after it expired in July.

Mbango had been at the helm of the council since the town was proclaimed during the 2007/08 financial year. Omuthiya is the regional capital of the Oshikoto Region.

At the 3 June council meeting, it was resolved not to renew Mbango's contract.

When asked who would be acting as the town CEO, mayor Uusiku replied: “I cannot comment now because I am out of office and I don't know what is going on.”

A source said the council failed to update the acting CEO roster despite knowing that they would not renew Mbango's contract.

“The council has called an extraordinary management meeting for Tuesday. Part of the agenda for this meeting is to nominate an acting CEO who will start in October.

“This means for the whole of September there will be no CEO in Omuthiya,” the council source said.

It is further reported that the top four councillors - mayor Uusiku, her deputy Heskiel Nanyeni, management committee chairperson Beata Nashongo and committee member Enos Shipahu - were the ones who decided not to renew Mbango's contract.

After receiving a complaint from Mbango about the non-renewal of his contract, urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga asked the council to provide him with a detailed report on their decision before 19 August.

Mushelenga confirmed to Namibian Sun that he had received such a report from the council.

It has been reported that Mbango's letter to Mushelenga on 10 June listed alleged irregularities by the top four councillors – Uusiku, Nanyeni, Nashongo and Shipahu - whom he accused of leasing plots to themselves without ministerial approval.

Mbango has taken the council to the labour court for unfair treatment, a matter which will be heard at Ondangwa this month.

The ACC also confirmed they were investigating corruption allegations at Omuthiya.

ILENI NANDJATO

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