Namibia: Ndishishi Bounces Back to the Top

FORMER health permanent secretary Andrew Ndishishi is now the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (Nipam) executive director, with effect from 1 August.

Ndishishi, who was until now responsible for public service reforms in the Office of the Prime Minister, takes over from Joseph Diescho.

The University of Namibia's communications director Edwin Tjiramba has been the acting executive director for a period of six months since Diescho's dismissal.

The Office of the Prime Minister confirmed yesterday that Ndishishi has been seconded to Nipam for an unspecified period.

Saima Shaanika, the PM's spokesperson, who confirmed the secondment, said although she was speaking under correction, Ndishishi is expected to resume duty next week.

In a press statement yesterday, Nipam chairperson George Simataa said the position of executive director was publicly advertised and that interviews were inconclusive.

Simataa also thanked Tjiramba for acting in the capacity.

Ndishishi, however, denied knowledge of the new appointment yesterday.

"What appointment? I do not know about that one," he said.

Diescho was dismissed in December last year over allegations of a breach of his employment contract, insubordination, competition with the employer and non-compliance with resolutions of the governing council.

Diescho's employment by written contract as the executive director of Nipam was supposed to run from 1 July 2013 until 30 June 2018.

Ndishishi joined the Prime Minister's office late last year when he left the health ministry, where he had served since 2012.

Between 2007 and 2012, he served as the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.

Source: The Namibian.