Wanted: Executives for Rundu council

01 June 2020 | Local News

KENYA KAMBOWE

RUNDU



The financially-limping Rundu town council has launched a hunt to fill several positions, including that of a CEO.

The council is looking to employ strategic executives for corporate service and community service, as well as heads of emergency service, water and sanitation, civil and mechanical works and town planning and urban development.

There are also vacancies for two law enforcement officers.

The deadline for applications is 16 June.

The council has been operating without substantive accounting officer since former CEO Romanus Haironga's contract ended in July 2018 and was not renewed.



Mired in controversy

The CEO position was previously advertised on two occasions, but the council has failed to secure an accounting officer for the riverside town.

The council has also been hit with high-profile resignations of heads of departments over the last two years, some of whom left under a cloud of self-gratification allegations.

Namibian Sun is also reliably informed that some of the resignations were a result of a lack of coordination between the administration and councillors.

Despite several investigations having been conducted, no findings have been publicly disclosed.

Furthermore, some matters are still under investigation.



Money woes

Over the years, the local authority has experienced cash flow problems which resulted in the lack of effective service delivery, with the council left unable to pay employee salaries on time.

The council also has debt of close to N$100 million with water utility, NamWater.

Meanwhile, in an interview with Namibian Sun, the line ministry appointed representative on the council, Sebastian Kantema, said the advertised positions need to be filled for the town to deliver effective services.

When asked whether the local authority has the funds to pay successful applicants, Kantema said the council has budgeted for the positions.

“The vacancies have been budgeted for and our cash flow is doing well,” he said.

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