Uanguta to serve as Namra interim CEO

Namibia's Deputy Governor Ebson Uanguta will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the newly-established Namibia Revenue Agency (Namra) for a period of six months.

This was announced by Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein when he addressed a media briefing here on Thursday.

Uanguta will serve as CEO of Namra after which he will return to his duties as deputy governor of the central bank. Namra is expected to become operational in March 2020.

He said the ministry has the task to look into how best to place the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) staff in Namra, however, that should be the responsibility of the board and the CEO running Namra.

The ministry has also appointed the board but has not yet given them the power to collect tax.

'They (the board and CEo) must have the opportunity to create their structures, populate these structures,' Schlettwein stated.

He added that the tax collection or administration thereof cannot be interrupted. There should be a fully operational IRD system until its last day where it should be switched over to the Namra system.

He said the Namra system which has all the abilities to fulfil all the functions, powers and objectives that it has been given as the receiver of revenue in Namibia.

He said the ministry wanted to ensure that there is no interruption or gap developed through anything which falls through, and that the staff which falls under the IRD should be trusted with the function of revenue collection.

Source: Namibia Press Agency