PG to Charge NWR Manager

THE PROSECUTOR General, Martha Imalwa, has decided to prosecute embattled Namibia Wildlife Resorts manager Ester Ndilula.

Documents seen by The Namibian indicate that Ndilula has been summoned to appear in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on 23 September.

The documents state that “Paulina Nandeukeni Ester Ndilula is to be arraigned in the magistrate’s court on charges of fraud”.

Ndilula was appointed as the NWR manager responsible for marketing the national tourism company’s meetings and conferencing facilities as well as tour planning early this year. Her employment at NWR has been marred in controversy after the Anti-Corruption Commission was tipped off about her alleged irregular appointment.

The ACC’s investigation led to Ndilula’s suspension three months ago and she is currently undergoing a disciplinary process at the company, allegedly for misrepresenting her qualifications to the company at the time she was being recruited.

The initial allegation to the ACC about the irregular appointment was that Ndilula does not meet the requirements for the job as aertised.

The aertisement flighted in July last year stated that the candidate should have a degree in marketing or a related field a relevant Master’s degree was an aantage a minimum five years’ professional experience proven working knowledge of marketing management and experience in the hospitality and tourism industry was an distinct aantage.

Ndilula allegedly does not have any of these required qualifications although she worked in such a department before as a junior officer and she later left to work as a sales executive at a Windhoek upmarket hotel.

Ndilula’s lawyer, Sisa Namandje, had maintained that his client did not misrepresent her qualifications as she never said she had any. He had also maintained that she was appointed based on her experience and the fact that she outperformed those competing for the job with her during the interviewing process.

Source : The Namibian