Suspension of NHE manager drags on

01 September 2020 | Labour

OGONE TLHAGE

WINDHOEK



The suspension of National Housing Enterprises senior manager Willem Titus has dragged on for almost a full year with no end in sight.

Titus was suspended with full pay last September and no disciplinary hearing has not been held.

Namibian Sun concluded that the NHE was given two months to complete the disciplinary procedure. Titus was charged with insubordination, failure to carry out duties, failure to carry out lawful instructions, and breaching the terms of his suspension.

Titus had previously been accused of failing to issue invoices for the sale of properties at Ongwediva, which ultimately cost the enterprise N$10.4 million.

Titus was assigned to manage and supervise the construction and sale of houses at Ongwediva but allegedly failed to do so.

NHE board chairperson Sam Shivute declined to comment on the delay.

Public enterprises minister Leon Jooste also refused to shed light on the matter, saying that the NHE was not a commercial entity.

The NHE would not give a date for the disciplinary hearing either.

“This is an internal matter and we cannot divulge any information to the media until the process is concluded,” said its acting head for communications, Tuafi Shafombabi.

In a memo seen by Namibian Sun at the time of Titus's suspension, CEO Gisbertus Mukulu asked staff members not to send any official correspondence to Titus pending the conclusion of his disciplinary process.

“All staff members are humbly cautioned not to directly communicate with Mr Willem G Titus relating to any matter of the NHE. Official correspondences at senior management level in the department should be channelled directly to my office until further notice,” Mukulu wrote to staff.

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