NHE Pays N$600 000 for Boss’ Hotel Stay

A DECISION to accommodate a senior National Housing Enterprise (NHE) manager at a four-star hotel in Windhoek in 2011 has cost the parastatal about N$600 000 after it emerged that he has been staying at the facility ever since.

The Namibian is reliably informed that NHE general manager of business development Willem Titus, who was confirmed for the post last month after acting since November 2011, is still staying at the prestigious hotel.

NHE is paying N$725 per night – including meals – an amount that translates to N$22 000 per month.

The bill for two years and four months comes to about N$600 000, which is equivalent to building at least two medium cost houses in Windhoek.

The hotel confirmed yesterday that Titus is staying at the hotel even though an NHE source said he was expected to have moved out by end of last month.

According to sources, the senior manager’s annual remuneration is about N$650 000.

The sources said it is the parastatal’s policy to put up its senior managers in luxurious accommodation, an arrangement which has irked other staff members.

“We brought him to Windhoek. We have to take care of him,” said another NHE source.

Titus was recruited in 2011 at Keetmanshoop and transferred to Windhoek to work as manager of business development in November 2011, replacing Alex Shimuafeni who went to the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) to take up the position of chief commercial officer.

NHE’s corporate communications manager Eric Libongani declined to confirm nor deny that they are footing Titus’ hotel bill.

“It should be noted that NHE is in no position to discuss its employees’ remuneration and conditions of service in the media. Therefore, the aforementioned issues are staff internal confidential matters which shall not be displayed in the public space,” Libongani responded to detailed questions sent to him.

Titus now joins a group of public officials reported to have stayed at expensive luxurious hotels.

Efforts to get comment from Titus were unsuccessful after his phone was unreachable.

The weekly newspaper Confidente reported last year that executive director of the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) Joseph Diescho stayed in the presidential suite at Safari Court Hotel.

Diescho allegedly turned down a government house offer saying, it was “not good enough” for him and that it did not meet his standards.

Source : The Namibian