Omaruru Acting CEO Resigns

THE acting Omaruru town council chief executive officer, Penda Nghaamwa, has resigned from the position he occupied since December 2013.

Before acting as CEO, he served as manager of finance and assets at the town council since May 2012.

Nghaamwa confirmed tendering his resignation on 28 August. He will vacate the office on 26 September. He, however, was not willing to discuss the details of his resignation, saying it is a private matter.

“I will be with my family in Windhoek,” he said.

The former CEO, Edward Ganaseb, left the post after his appointment was declared ‘illegal’ by the Ministry of Regional and Local Government and Housing and Rural Development.

Also contacted for comment on Nghaamwa’s resignation on Monday, was Linus Garoeumlb, the Omaruru Municipality’s caretaker.

Garoeb is a retired Chief Regional Officer of the Erongo Regional Council, and was appointed to manage the affairs of the Omaruru municipality in December 2013, after the suspension of the Omaruru local authority councillors.

The Minister of Regional and Local Government and Housing and Rural Development, Charles Namoloh, appointed him to oversee and administer all affairs of the Omaruru municipality.

Garoeumlb refused to comment on the matter, saying it is private.

Last year, all the Omaruru councillors were suspended without pay until further notice, after allegations of corruption and non-compliance with orders of the ministry, surfaced.

They are the Swapo-Party’s Phillip Nghipandulwa, Tuli Gebhardt and Johannes Hamutenya the late Kretensia Garises, deputy mayor Albertus Naruseb of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), Management Committee chairperson Christiaan Nanuseb representing the United Democratic Front (UDF), and mayor Vincent Kahua from the National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo).

One of the suspended councillors who spoke to Nampa on condition of anonymity on Monday said they are still waiting for the forensic audit report to get some clarity on the way forward.

He noted that only then they would know what to do next.

“It will give us an idea of what went wrong if there is anything wrong. The ministry does not even know why it suspended us,” the frustrated councillor said.


Source : The Namibian