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Allegations of tribalism, favouritism in public recruitment process rife in Kunene

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Allegations of tribalism and favouritism have become rife in the Kunene Region, with some individuals alleging that it is being experienced in the public service recruitment process and impacting local inhabitants.Recent letters seen by Nampa, signed …

Allegations of tribalism and favouritism have become rife in the Kunene Region, with some individuals alleging that it is being experienced in the public service recruitment process and impacting local inhabitants.

Recent letters seen by Nampa, signed by various traditional authorities and civic societies, accuse the regional education directorate and Opuwo Town Council, amongst others, of favouring candidates based on tribal lines when recruiting staff for the public service.

They alleged that candidates from other regions are prioritised while deserving locals are excluded.

The Kaokoland Civic Society has accused the Opuwo Town Council of recruiting close to 70 per cent of applicants from other regions.

Opuwo mayor, Rosa Tjeundo, recently however challenged the society’s chairperson, Hekemo Mumbuu, to provide concrete evidence of these allegations, saying the council does not support tribalism.

“These allegations are very serious and the chairperson must provide proof. The Opuwo Town Council has a fair distribution of people from different ethnic groups across the face of Namibia. The recruitment of employees at town council goes through all the legal processes,” Tjeundo said.

The Ongango Traditional Authority this week also claimed that in the education sector, principals and inspectors who were recently recruited were all from other regions.

Upon enquiry, the Ministry of Education’s Executive Director, Sanet Steenkamp, said all applications are scrutinised by both the Public Service Commission and regional head offices. She said the ministry does internal audits to determine if the correct procedures were followed.

She said her office received some of these complaints from the public, but added that people at times tend to take the posts for granted and are eliminated during written tests.

“Most people are not well vested with procedures within the education system, thus making them fail written tests and at the end of the day they accuse the system of favouritism,” she said.

Steenkamp further said the government does not have any specific obligation or dispensation that has to be considered when hiring applicants from other regions, stressing that if the appointments were approved by the Public Service Commission, it means it was favourable, and if not, the Ministry of Education will have to intervene for thorough scrutiny.

Source: Nampa