Purging claims rock Walvis municipality

16 February 2021 | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKES



WINDHOEK

Several officials in the Walvis Bay municipality say management members aligned to Swapo are being purged from senior positions. This comes after the acting property manager Ephraim Nambahu was relieved from that position last Friday.

He served for less than three months.

Nambahu has since returned to his substantial position of town planner. Known as an avid Swapo member, he confirmed his removal yesterday.

"Yes, it is true. The details thereof I cannot share with you," he said briefly when contacted for comment.

“It seems the new councillors are on a mission to purge officials linked to Swapo. They are just preoccupied with trying to dig up old dirt instead of working to improve the conditions in the town,” an official employed at the municipality said.

The move to axe Nambahu was described as an attempt by the Independent Patriots for Change-led council to gain total control over the affairs of the municipality. But the IPC dismissed the accusations, calling them farcical.

The source said there are also trust issues between councillors and the management of the municipality.

Efforts to get comment from mayor Trevino Forbes proved futile, while the municipality’s spokesperson Caty Sheya did not respond by the time of going to print.

New brooms

One of the first moves the new council made upon being sworn-in was to halt the sale of about 200 plots in order to scrutinise the procedures.

The town has been marred by alleged irregularities as far as land allocation is concerned.

In December, three senior staff and a junior staff member were suspended at the municipality pending an investigation by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

The employees are municipality CEO Muronga Haingura, general manager of community and economic development Augustino Victor, manager for property and housing Jack Manale and Constance Summers, a property clerk.

The suspension came after the ACC raided the four officials’ offices and seized equipment including laptops, desktops and cell phones on 9 December 2020.

The ACC is investigating allegations of corruption in relation to the alleged lack of transparency and unaccounted funds believed to belong to the mass housing project.

Similar News

 

Catering company throws sand in food tender

12 hours ago | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKSeal Caterers has dragged the Central Procurement Board of Namibia (CPBN), the education ministry and 97 other companies to court...

Unam a pulwa a tambule aailongi yondondo onti 11

12 hours ago | Local News

TUYEIMO HAIDULAONGWEDIVAOminista yelongo lyopombanda, Itah Kandjii-Murangi oya popi kutya iiputudhilo yopombanda nayi tambuleko nomaako gaali aanona mboka ya shanga ondondo 11 niiputudhilo mbyoka yoshigwana inayi...

Taya pula mangestrata a kuthwemo moshipotha

12 hours ago | Local News

TUNOHOLE MUNGOBAOSHAKATIAakwashigwana mboka oya hala mangestrata a kuthwemo moshipotha shekwatonkonga, shoka tashi tamanekelwa, Sindano Hango ngoka mangetrata a li a mangulula koshipotha shoka.Omapopyo itaga kolekwa...

Dying NPTH eyes Swakop Hotel

1 day - 03 March 2021 | Local News

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKDespite its winding-up being in the works, Namibia Post and Telecommunications Holdings (NPTH) is eyeing the potential purchase of the...

White Afrikaners seek native status

2 days ago - 02 March 2021 | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKOtjozondjupa resident Stefanus van der Merwe has requested the Ancestral Land Commission and the Namibian government to grant the Afrikaner...

Namfisa pays N$1m monthly rent

2 days ago - 02 March 2021 | Local News

STAFF REPORTER WINDHOEKNamibia’s financial regulator is currently forking out millions for office rental space...

Transport commission hits brick wall

2 days ago - 02 March 2021 | Local News

MATHIAS HAUFIKU WINDHOEKAlmost six months after being inaugurated, Namibia’s Transportation Commission cannot do its work due to suspicions raised over the eligibility...

Namibia’s link to Loudima centre severed for now

2 days ago - 02 March 2021 | Local News

JANA-MARI SMITH WINDHOEKNamibia has withdrawn its support of the beleaguered Loudima Institute for...

Cabinet directive blamed for residents’ reluctant NamWater payment

2 days ago - 02 March 2021 | Local News

Kenya Kambowe RUNDUKatima Mulilo town council says despite having incurred debt with NamWater...

Oniipa councillors sign performance agreements

2 days ago - 02 March 2021 | Local News

TUYEIMO HAIDULA ONIIPAOniipa town council officials signed performance agreements last Thursday, aimed at improving service delivery at the town.The performance agreements...

Latest News

Letshego Nam takes N$60-mln profit...

2 hours ago | Business

Jo-Maré Duddy – Locally-listed Letshego Holdings Namibia reported a profit of about N$341.4 million for the year ended 31 December 2020, a drop of nearly...

Otjikoto sitting on a gold...

12 hours ago | Business

Jo-Maré Duddy – B2Gold’s Otjikoto mine is expected to reach record-level production this year and through to 2024, the Canada-based low-cost international senior gold producer...

Mining survey: Chamber hits back

12 hours ago | Business

PHILLEPUS UUSIKU Too few responses have skewed Namibia's performance on the 2020 Fraser Institute Survey of Mining Companies, tarnishing its image as an attractive investment...

‘Not up to you’

12 hours ago | Education

TUYEIMO HAIDULA ONGWEDIVA Higher education minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi says institutions of higher learning...

Sioka in hot water over...

12 hours ago | Ministries

JANA-MARI SMITH WINDHOEKThe clock is ticking for child welfare minister Doreen Sioka who has less than a month to present a...

Corruption - A social disease...

12 hours ago | Columns

Johan CoetzeeGiven ongoing media articles about governance, manifested in contraction of investment and increasing unemployment, it is appropriate to reflect on several trends covering several...

EDITORIAL

12 hours ago | Opinion

The phony attempts by mainly men in the National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) to undermine its president Esther Muinjangue will only further dissuade women from...

Drought policy in review to...

12 hours ago | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKThe agriculture ministry is in the process of reviewing the country’s drought...

Nam mining licence loophole closed

12 hours ago | Business

From the beginning of April this year, Namibians who hold mineral licences will no longer be allowed to transfer it to foreign companies or persons...

Load More