Utoni observing NHE situation

NHE managers have found fault with the entity’s lack of financial reports as well as the fact that it had recently been made to pay a fine by the Financial Intelligence Centre.

03 May 2021 | Local News

OGONE TLHAGE







WINDHOEK

Urban and rural development minister Erastus Utoni says he’s paying attention to what is happening at the National Housing Enterprise (NHE).

Managers at the entity recently questioned its state of affairs and asked for the board’s removal and that of its CEO, Gisbertus Mukulu.

In a letter to the board and Utoni, the managers found fault with the lack of financial reports as well as the fact that NHE had recently been made to pay a fine by the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC).

“I am concerned about many things, not just one thing. The issue, we are dealing with it. I met with the board, I met with the aggrieved people at the NHE. My counterpart, public enterprises minister Leon Jooste, met with the board and the aggrieved people as well.

“We will come up with a committee that will assess,” Utoni said about the concerns.

Managers suspended

Meanwhile, Jooste had recently said board chairperson Sam Shivute’s contract would not be renewed.

Utoni added that while he did not know when exactly the board’s contracts would end, he said their time was running out.

The minister, however, did not want to comment on Shivute’s chairmanship of the NHE.

Following the grievances raised, four managers have been suspended.

They include company secretary Ntelamo Ntelamo, finance manager Beverly Vugs, information technology manager Chris Baisako and communications manager Eric Libongani.

The four are among those who recently requested the Utoni to investigate the state of governance of the NHE.

“You are hereby suspended with immediate effect and with remuneration, pending the outcome of the investigation currently ongoing and possible disciplinary action, which may be resultant from the outcome of the investigation,” their suspension letters read.

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