By Mihe Gaomab II
THE former NaCC CEO hereby is responding on the Article dated the 1st July 2016 in which a local weekly is alleging that the Outgoing Namibia Competition Commission (NaCC) CEO Mihe Gaomab II is said to have asked the board to freeze his post for three years, while he completes a three-year stint at the African Development Bank (AfDB) as a director.
First and foremost, the local newspaper did send an e-mail to me (see attached) where I was en route travelling to take up my new posting at the African Development Bank requesting that I confirm whether I “…went to the Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development Immanuel Ngatjizeko asking him to freeze my post as NaCC Chairperson while I am in West Africa…”. I want to set the record straight that the email addressed to me is factually wrong and that I am not the Chairperson of the Commission but was appointed as the CEO of the Commission that reports to the Board that is headed by the Chairperson.
Secondly, I have never asked the board to freeze my position
as CEO. When the Minister of Finance confirmed of my appointment to be elected as the incoming Executive Director at the Bank last year, the Board has ask me to submit a succession plan, of which I did towards the end of the year. I have drafted the plan as directed by the Board and in that plan, I asked the board to ensure succession planning for a new CEO when I leave and to
appoint a CEO when I go to the Bank. I have further indicated to the board that I care and am committed to the success of the Commission since I was largely instrumental in setting it up and that I may avail to assist with hand over procedures in terms of transition management and business continuity till I left for the Bank. I indicated to the board in confidence that it is ultimately the board’s responsibility to manage the succession process and to appoint the CEO and that the board should plan it in accordance to their mandate given by the Competition Act.
At the numerous board meetings this year, I reiterated that it is the board’s responsibility to plan for a CEO and not that of the CEO. But the board thought it in its wisdom perhaps to request me on a practical plan to inform the board on what I think of the CEO position. I have told them again that it is their responsibility not that of the CEO to ensure succession planning. They informed me to submit to them a practical plan to ensure succession as they are worried about the Commission when I leave. I have submitted to them again that it is their responsibility to appoint the CEO and that I was willing
to step down and resign from the position by 30 June 2016 and that the board start on the process of recruitment of a new CEO, as per their responsibility. At no time did I indicate to the board that my position be frozen nor have I advised the board to consult the Minister or Deputy Minister on the matter.
As for the package, I have handed in my resignation notice indicating me leaving and to thank the board for affording me the opportunity to serve the Commission. At no point was I informed by the board on a payment to be made to me nor did I request any payment of such kind to the board. At no time did I ask for a bonus of N$300 000 nor raise it any time with the chairman of the board. I am surprised by the false reporting that I asked for a bonus and reject it with the contempt it deserves. I have carried out my duty at the Commission with care, dedication, determination and vigour and will continue to do so at my current posting to the Bank to serve not only Namibia but other African countries with the same energy and to fulfil the duty as required of me.
Mihe Gaomab II
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