Prof Gideon details frustration in court appeal

24 November 2020 | Education

OGONE TLHAGE

WINDHOEK



Professor Frednard Gideon has approached the High Court to challenge the appointment of Dr Erold Naomab as vice-chancellor of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust).

Namoab and Gideon had both applied for the position.

Naomab's appointment was announced last week by council chairperson Florette Nakusera.

Gideon has brought an urgent court application to stop Naomab from taking office in January 2021, arguing that he was overlooked despite performing better in the job interviews. Nakusera had recently explained the Nust council's decision in an interview on Namibian Sun's 'Evening Review' programme. Nakusera's responses was unsatisfactory, Gideon argues in court papers.

“I personally watched the video depicting the press briefing by her [Nakusera] and her answering the questions by the media on 13 November. In particular she did not deny the fact that I came out as the overall and combined best ranked candidate with the quantitative combined ranking of 68% as opposed to the fifth respondent [Naomab] with 64%,” Gideon states in his court application.

Gideon further claims that a background check of him was done in an unfair, irrational and unlawful manner.

Gideon also claims that he has better qualifications, experience and skills than Naomab and that he outranks Naomab at the University of Namibia.









“The fifth respondent [Naomab] reports to me in terms of the management echelon of the University of Namibia at which we work,” his court papers state.



Appointment rushed

Gideon questioned the haste with which Naomab's appointment was made and argues that he has to file an urgent court application to stop the appointment.

“I would be reckless to my own fate if I fail to bring an interim relief in view of the fact that the appointment of the fifth respondent and his stay in office would be committed to five years only. If the fifth respondent starts working, he will start programmes, plans and other undertakings which will make it difficult for the court to set aside the decision,” Gideon argues.

“There is the concerning and unusual urgency and speed being used by the concerned respondents to fast track the process. I suspect that this was being done before I was informed of the outcome of the recruitment process only on 19 November 2020 in order to prejudice me and to make it difficult to reverse the first respondent's appointmen,” Gideon states.

Similar News

 

New school to open in Walvis Bay

19 hours ago | Education

Mariselle Stofberg The newly established Desert View Private School in Walvis Bay will officially open its doors for learners on 26 January 2021. “We...

Nearly 100 years of memories go up in flames...

19 hours ago | Education

Liina Masipa Situated in Okahandja, JG Van Der Wath Secondary School hall was left in ruins after it caught fire late last month.According to...

The face of education in 2021

19 hours ago | Education

Mariselle Stofberg The face of education as we know it has changed and evolved throughout the past year, and many remain uncertain about what...

Star teacher of the week

19 hours ago | Education

Elaine de Klerk - Pionierspark Primary School Why did you become a teacher?I love children and I like to make a difference in their lives....

NSFAF applications move online

19 hours ago | Education

Michelline Nawatises The Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) has made changes to its application process due to the 2020 grade 11 and 12 delayed...

More than 30k pupils ‘fall through cracks’

5 days ago - 14 January 2021 | Education

Henriëtte Lamprecht WINDHOEKMore than 30 000 pupils did not return to school last year...

Schools to reopen on 26 January

1 week ago - 12 January 2021 | Education

Michelline NawatisesSchools had been scheduled to open yesterday The ministry of education, arts and culture has announced that the academic year will start on 26...

Future Females Business School powered by StartUp Namibia

1 week ago - 12 January 2021 | Education

Staff reporterIn the start-up world, they say, “Don’t leave hold of your common sense. Think about what you are doing and how the technology can...

NUST launches the Havana Youth Café

1 week ago - 12 January 2021 | Education

Staff reporter The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) launched the Havana youth café on 15 December 2020 under the auspices of the...

Damage to Uvhungu-vhungu classrooms to be repaired

1 week ago - 12 January 2021 | Education

NAMPA RUNDU The directorate of education in the Kavango East Region has secured funds to repair the roofs of three classrooms damaged...

Latest News

South Africa's mining industry to...

19 hours ago | Economics

South Africa's mining companies will support government in the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines as the nation battles a surge in infections, the industry body said...

Price monster continues to be...

19 hours ago | Economics

The annual inflation rate for December 2020 stood at 2.4%, down from 2.6% recorded in December 2019, a decrease of 0.2 percentage points.This brings great...

Audit firm ‘knew’ of Fishcor...

19 hours ago | Crime

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKStier Vente Associates, external auditors for beleaguered state fishing company Fishcor, only reported the suspicious Fishrot-related transactions to the Public Accountants’ and Auditors’ Board...

Covid-19: Former Rundu mayor Ihemba...

19 hours ago | People

KENYA KAMBOWERUNDURundu mayor Gabriel Kanyanga has described former Rundu councillor Ralf Ihemba, who died from Covid-19 yesterday, as a hero and a loyal Swapo cadre.Kanyanga...

Creating change through gaming

19 hours ago | Youth

Enzo AmueleLothario Smith, a 17-year-old learner who is currently grade 11, recently launched his first game on both Android and IOS platforms after working on...

Kenya Airways plans more pay...

19 hours ago | Economics

Kenya Airways plans further pay cuts for employees of as much as 30% after the airline was hit by the coronavirus pandemic that has caused...

Namibian economy expected to continue...

19 hours ago | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUAlthough most economies, including South Africa, rebounded in in the third quarter of 2020, Namibia’s economy remains into deeper recession.According to Indileni Nanghonga, the...

Blind loyalty is costing Namibia

19 hours ago | Opinion

Too many people confuse loyalty with blind obedience. When loyalty clouds judgement to the extent that one is ready to ignore their inner child’s voice...

Angola releases Namibians arrested for...

19 hours ago | Justice

NAMPARUNDUFour Namibians who were held at the Gciriku Post holding cells for illegally crossing into Angola have been released.Three boys and a man aged 23...

Load More