NWR Suspends Manager

THE Namibia Wildlife Resorts has suspended its manager responsible for the company’s meeting and conferencing facilities, following an investigation by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Sources close to the parastatal said Esther Ndilula was suspended with immediate effect on Wednesday.

NWR acting managing director Zelna Hengari could not confirm the suspension, saying she does not discuss staff issues in the media.

Sources, however, said Hengari suspended Ndilula for allegedly misleading the company about her qualifications.

The ACC’s investigation centred on Ndilula’s appointment as a manager in February this year. Ndilula said she had no idea about the suspension last week, but said she was off and was going to the doctor.

The ACC received a tip-off about the irregular appointment alleging that Ndilula does not meet the requirements for the job as aertised. The aertisement flighted in July last year stated that the candidatea should have a degree in marketing or a related field a relevant master’s degree as an aantage a minimum five years professional experience proven working knowledge of marketing management and experience in the hospitality and tourism industry was a distinct aantage.

Ndilula allegedly does not have any of these requirements although she worked in such a department before as a junior officer, according to NWR sources, who also said Ndilula worked at a local hotel as a junior employee.

According to the sources, the ACC became suspicious when Ndilula was chosen ahead of her seniors who met the minimum qualifications and who also have the required academic qualifications. The sources said Hengari allegedly gave Ndilula five days to produce her qualifications because of the ACC’s investigations. Another NWR source also revealed that Hengari chaired the interviewing panel which recommended Ndilula’s appointment.

Hengari did not respond to questions about whether the panel or the company did background checks on those they appointed, especially for senior positions.

When The Namibian initially reported about the investigation in April, Hengari said the company has a transparent and competitive recruitment process and that Ndilula, like any other newly recruited staff member, went through that rigorous process. The Namibian has, however, learnt that Ndilula’s alleged improper appointment has taken a back seat while the ACC probes the driver’s licence scam which involves staff from the Roads Authority in Windhoek.

Ndilula’s lawyer Sisa Namandje confirmed earlier that the ACC interviewed Ndilula in April over her appointment. He said that she is currently studying towards a qualification.

“It is not corruption for an organisation to appoint someone based on experience and not what the aert said,” Namandje said.

Source : The Namibian