Shivute to Lead NHE Board (

Cabinet has approved the appointment of Bank of Namibia deputy director of banking Sam Shivute as the new chairperson of the troubled National Housing Enterprise.

Information minister Tjekero Tweya announced the appointment at a media briefing yesterday on Cabinet decisions taken on Tuesday.

Shivute is part of brand new board that will take over at NHE which has been riddled with corruption, favouritism and rife cronyism in dealing with state funds and projects including the mass housing programme.

Other board members are civil engineer Elton !Gaoseb, lawyer Aisha Isaak and Petrina Nakale from the industrial policy, planning and development department of the industrialisation ministry.

The fifth member of the board is Oscar Capelao, the chief financial officer at FNB Namibia.

Shivute, a former inland revenue commissioner, replaces former NHE chair Jason Nandago, who was seen by some as being sympathetic to former chief executive Vinson Hailulu.

The assignment of a new board will pave way for the appointment of the new CEO for NHE.

Tweya also announced the appointment of Festus Mbandeka as the new chief executive of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia for the next five years.

Another appointment was that of Frieda Kishi as a Cran board member.

Director of international relations at the Polytechnic of Namibia Marius Kudumo has been appointed an MTC board member.

Meanwhile, Cabinet also endorsed the appointment of Tulimeke Munyika as the new board chairperson of the mobile service heavyweight MTC.

Munyika, the head of legal services at the home affairs ministry, has been appointed until the current term of the board ends next year.

Cabinet also appointed secretary to Cabinet George Simataa as the chairperson of the SME Bank until 1 September 2018.

Simataa replaces Frans Kapofi, the former secretary to Cabinet who is now the presidential affairs minister.

Tweya denied suspicions that the appointment of Simataa as the chair of the SME bank will result in a conflict of interest.