…as probe in N$156m dubious airport tender unfolds
By Confidente Reporter
THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) last Friday confiscated cellphones and computers belonging to the Chief Executive Officer of the Namibia Airports Company (NAC), Tamer El-Kallawi following the awarding of an alleged dubious N$156 million contract given to IBB Military Equipment and Accessories Supplies without following set tender procedures.
ACC also confiscated cellphones and computers belonging to the parastatal’s Strategic Executive Projects, IT and Engineering, Courage Silombela, Elise Shaanika the Company Secretary, Sem Katoma the Finance Manager and Lot Haifidi the company’s Legal Advisor.
The NAC senior management also stands accused of dubiously awarding another N$20 million three-year contract to the same company owned by Egyptian national Muhammad Omar for the maintenance of airport scanners it had supplied NAC last year.
The scanners have since failed to meet international standards since they do not detect metal that is less than 300 grams. NAC paid N$48 million for the scanners
El-Kallawi is also an Egyptian national domiciled in Namibia.
Confidente can also reveal that the and Transport that when the NAC board’s term of office comes to an end on July 31 it should not be renewed. has recommended to the Ministry of Works
However, Confidente understands that a senior official at the Works Ministry wants one of the board members to be re-appointed into the new board.
ACC’s Chief Executive Officer, Paulus Noa, Monday confirmed that his organisation was investigating the parastatal’s management
However he refused to go into the nitty-gritty of the matter.
“They are investigations going on. I don’t have information on what was confiscated at the moment and I can’t also tell you what we are investigating them for,” Noa said. Jooste, this week also revealed the ACC investigation into the affairs of NAC had been instigated by his ministry.
“The investigation was initiated by the MPE, we handed over to the ACC last week. The portfolio Minister is currently still the appointing authority for the Board of Directors, not the PE Minister. We simply advise the portfolio Ministry and I believe that we (MPE) will not advise renewal (NAC board).
NAC board chairperson, Ndeuhala Katonyala, refused to entertain any questions from Confidente, Tuesday.
“Not again. Stop harassing me. Goodbye,” she said before she hung up.
Confidente last week reported that Jooste had launched an investigation into how the NAC management together with the parastatal’s board in May applied and granted itself permission to award the N$156 million tender exemption to IBB Military Equipment and Accessories Supplies without seeking ministerial approval first.
NAC purchased 21 check-in counters at a cost of 2 750 600 euros which translates to N$46 750 000, 125 terminal seats at 432 015 euros that is nearly N$7.5 million, 81 CCTV cameras and three control rooms for 340 000 euros- N$5 780 000, communication system for counters 2 250 000 euros- N$38 million, conveyor belts 1 400 000 euros-N$23 800 000, safety equipment N$8 330 000 and the cost of supervision for foreign and local labour is listed as 1 197 895 euros-N$20 364 000. According to documents at hand, prepared by the parastatal’s Strategic Executive Projects, IT and Engineering, Courage Silombela the NAC management had decided to handpick IBB Military because it is the largest supplier of security equipment to the Namibian army and police force. Katonyala last week confirmed the tender exemption. When asked why NAC could not obtain quotations from other vetted companies she said the parastatal was pressed for time as it has to beat the September deadline for Qatar Airways. “Our policy allows that (tender exemption). This is an approved decision. We are pressed for time and Qatar put its needs in black and white and we have to meet them. With this deal the fortunes of NAC are going to change because Qatar Airways will pay us for using our airports. For the first time we are going to have weekly between four to five direct flights to Doha from Windhoek. The board would not have signed off this deal if we knew it was not going to pay off,” she said.
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