Tsumeb finance manager still suspended

25 November 2021 | Local News

Kenya Kambowe



RUNDU

The disciplinary proceedings for suspended Tsumeb municipality finance manager, Karolina Damaseb, have been remanded to early February next year as she continues to serve her indefinite suspension with full benefits.

Damaseb was suspended in July following the outcome of an investigation which implicated her in a number of cases of alleged gross misconduct at the town during her time as the finance manager as well as her close to two-year reign as acting CEO.

Talking to Namibian Sun, acting Tsumeb CEO Monique Muturi, who also heads the town’s human resource department, said the preliminary disciplinary hearing proceedings did take place, and parties expressed some of the issues they had to the committee prior to the main proceedings.

“The disciplinary proceedings have commenced, however, when a disciplinary process commences, there are preliminary proceedings where representatives of both parties bring their issues if they have any. All I can tell you is that it has commenced and it was postponed to next year early February,” she explained.

Irregularities

When asked about the charges levelled against Damaseb, Muturi said it all stems from alleged irregularities during her time as the finance manager and acting CEO of the municipality.

In July, Tsumeb mayor Mathews Hangula was quoted saying Damaseb was suspended because there were serious allegations against her.

“I don’t think council will suspend a person if there is no merit on the case levelled against the person. I am not in a position to shed light on it. [That is] to be handled by the human resources department,” he said at the time.

The company that conducted the investigation is owned by Katima Mulilo CEO, Raphael Liswaniso.

Namibian Sun has thus far uncovered that the allegations against Damaseb pertain to gross misconduct, with the local authority exploring the option of relaying the findings of the probe to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Damaseb was the acting CEO of Tsumeb since the former CEO, Alfeus Benjamin, resigned to assume his role as the accounting officer at Swakopmund in January 2019.

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