By Patience Nyangove
THE search for the Chief Executive Officer of Windhoek appears to be at long last over after the city’s interviewing panel finally settled for Dirk Burger as its number one candidate to lead the municipality, Confidente can reveal.
Although officials involved in the hunt for the City’s CEO have refused to disclose the identities of the three candidates they recommended to the City’s Management Committee, Confidente has it on good authority that besides Burger, former Social Security Commission (SSC) CEO, Kenandai Tjivikua came second in the interviews while Tega Shiimi ya Shiimi the current CEO at Sanlam Investment Management Namibia came third.
Sources close to the matter told Confidente that it remains to be seen whether some Swapo councillors in the municipality who are accused of having been lobbying for an individual who can become their stooge will approve the appointment of Burger as they know little about him and where his loyalties stand.
It appears little is known about Burger amid mixed reports that he used to work at Old Mutual, Air Namibia or Namibia Airports Company.
Controversy has been a part of the recruitment process with the refusal by CoW to appoint Agatha Mweti the Otjiwarongo Town Council Executive despite her coming first in interviews. The City argued that she didn’t possess all the necessary skills to manage the affairs of a capital city. However other people have claimed that Mweti wasn’t appointed because she did not have political backing from the ruling Swapo party. Sven Thieme, chairperson of the interviewing panel revealed to Confidente, Monday that the panel has since handed over to the City’s Management Committee a list with three names for the city to choose their preferred next CEO from.
Other members of the interviewing panel include Presidential advisor, Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Ericah Shafudah, Khomas Chief Regional Officer, Clement Mwafila and Namport CEO, Bisey /Uirab. “We have got a final list of three people we have forwarded to the City’s Management Committee. If they are not happy with the first candidate, they can either settle for the second or third candidate. Maybe by end of this week or early next week they will be making an announcement about the position,” Thieme said.
Thieme however refused to reveal the identities of the three.
“We don’t even know who the three are. Whether they are male or female, blue, yellow, red or green, I don’t know,” he said sarcastically.
Windhoek Mayor, Muesee Kazapua also refused to disclose the identities of the three.
“The interviewing panel is the one that you should ask to give you the identities of the candidates. They are the ones who forwarded the list to the management committee,” he said.
The hunt for the CEO of Windhoek has taken CoW nearly two years as it literally struggled to find a suitable candidate to replace the vacant position left by the long gone Niilo Taapopi who retired in 2014.
The position of Windhoek CEO is widely viewed as a strategic position. Besides the lucrative salary pegged at around N$70 000 monthly net salary and perks that come with it, whoever gets it will have access to the City’s most expensive resource-prime land as many former holders of the position have done and allegedly dished out land to either themselves, relatives, friends or cronies for peanuts at the expense of the masses. Whoever also gets the job has the uphill task to steer the City from its economic doldrums that have resulted in it every year recording budget deficits.
During the 2016/17 financial year the City of Windhoek is projected to record a deficit of N$125 million.
Windhoek is also struggling with a severe water and affordable housing shortage and the new CEO is expected to come with viable solutions to all these problems.
When contacted for comment Tjivikua refused to shed light on the matter.
“I don’t know anything about that. I suggest you speak to the City of Windhoek,” he said. Efforts to get comment from ya Shiimi and Burger were fruitless.
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