Okahandja CEO fired with immediate effect

OKAHANDJA: The Okahandja Town Council on Wednesday fired the town’s chief executive officer, Frans Enkali, who was serving out his 30-day notice period after resigning from the post last month.

The dismissal letter, signed by Okahandja Mayor Valarie Aron on the same day (Wednesday), said the town council does not require Enkali’s services anymore.

Enkali received his marching orders Wednesday afternoon, shortly after the town council’s first meeting for the year.

“The council no longer needs your services during your resignation period, and you will receive your full salary and benefits up until 31 January 2015,” stated Aron in the letter.

Enkali was given two working days (Thursday and Friday) in which to vacate the municipal office.

Okahandja municipality’s Finance Manager, Niko Titus has been appointed acting CEO in the meantime.

Last Friday, Enkali told Nampa in an interview that he submitted his resignation letter to the Okahandja Town Council already in December 2014, giving them a month’s notice until 31 January 2015.

Enkali joined the Okahandja municipality as CEO in 2012, but his work and time in the office was strained and made difficult by constant fights and confrontations with the town’s political leadership.

On Thursday, Enkali confirmed his sacking by the Okahandja Town Council, and told Nampa at the council office that he was leaving Okahandja as a happy man.

According to a recent report in The Namibian newspaper, the Oshikoto Regional Council has appointed Enkali as its Chief Regional Officer (CRO).

The newspaper reported last week that Enkali was recommended by a panel that interviewed him for the position of CRO at the Oshikoto Regional Council sometime last year.

He apparently scored the highest in the interview for the top post at that regional council.