Taapopi Calls It a Day

WINDHOEK municipality chief executive officer for the past 10 years, Niilo Taapopi, leaves office today at the end of his term.

Taapopi’s departure that was announced by the mayor, Agnes Kafula on Wednesday, opens up a race for one of most influential positions in the country.

“We are grateful and satisfied with the work and contribution he made to the development of the City of Windhoek. I am sure we all would have loved to request him to stay on for a little longer,” Kafula said.

Taapopi, who has served as the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration permanent secretary, took change of the municipality on 7 June 2004, few months after Martin Shipanga’s resignation in 2003. Shipanga has since gone into business.

Even though Taapopi declined to comment yesterday, sources said he could be heading for the private sector. They also said ‘Kambwa Kashilongo’, as Taapopi was known during the liberation struggle, has not ruled out a return to government service.

It is currently not clear who will take over the hot seat of the city as submissions of the interest were due three weeks ago but no interviews have been held yet.

Sources said there was no discussion during the council meeting of Taapopi’s successor, while some municipal workers said they were in the dark on who will act in the position when Taapopi leaves.

Although there were rumours a while ago that former NBC director general Matthew

Gowaseb was a possible successor, municipal sources told The Namibian that his name was not on the list of those interested in the job.

“His name is not there unless they headhunt him,” the source said.

Source : The Namibian