By John Tuerijama
LONG serving president of Disability Sport Namibia, Charles Nyambe, has resigned from that position with immediate effect with the real reason behind his sudden departure still a well-kept secret.
In a letter to Joel Mathews, Chairman of the Namibia Sport Commission, Nyambe said his resignation was effective immediately.
Part of the letter reads: “I have served in this position diligently and honestly and I would like to thank and commend my team that I worked with as we brought DSN from absolutely nothing, under very difficult circumstances, with no resources whatsoever, to the most respected and resourceful umbrella body that has brought pride to the nation.
“I also want to thank the Sports Commission leadership that provided us the support that we received over the years and also sincerely thank the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture. Thank you.”
Explaining his sudden resignation, Nyambe said in the letter: “Time has come to give others an opportunity to lead and I will only wish them the best in taking DSN to the next level. I know my decision may hurt a few that have known me and have worked with me and still wanted to continue working with me but my conscious tells me to take the decision now.”
The letter was copied to the minister and deputy minister of sport as well as the permanent secretary and director of sport. All executive members of DSN also received copies of the resignation letter which was dated March 9 2017.
His resignation has baffled the sports fraternity which was left with many questions as to why Nyambe decided to throw in the towel abruptly if he still had at least a year left to serve out his term.
Nyambe has confirmed his resignation to Confidente Sport and echoed what he stated in the letter: “There is time to take leadership positions and a time to depart. It is time to give others an opportunity to lead and I am confident they will do a very good job because we established a strong foundation in DSN.”
While Nyambe’s departure seems innocent, Confidente Sport has it on good authority that he might have jumped to avoid being pushed. Information at Confidente Sport’s disposal has it that a group of executive committee members of DSN had drawn up a petition in which they complained about Nyambe’s leadership style, alleging that he was running DSN with an iron fist.
Acting Chief Administrator of the Namibia Sport Commission, Peter Wilson, could not be reached for comment as he is said to be out of the country.
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