By John Tuerijama
DISABILITY Sport Namibia (DSN) is still leaderless, a month after its former president, Charles Nyambe, decided to jump ship, following allegations that he had run the organisation with an iron fist.
Nyambe had been accused of being an autocrat, who had shown intolerance to those who dared challenge his style of management.
The DSN has three affiliates, the National Paralympic Committee of Namibia, the Special Olympics Namibia and the Deaf Sports Federation (DSF), which recently became a member.
Confidente understands that a meeting was held last weekend between Namibia Sports Commission Chief Administrator, Freddy Mwiya, DSN executive members and Jo-Anne Manuel, who is the Deputy Director for Marginalised People and Women in Sport in Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service.
Mwiya confirmed that the meeting was merely to share information regarding the current status of the DSN and to plot the way forward.
DSN Secretary-General, Niklaus Nghimoono, has now been instructed to call another meeting, where all affiliates will be informed of the situation.
Nghimoono told Confidente that the DSN Constitution is silent on the process to be followed when the body’s president resigns.
“At the moment, the position of the president is very much vacant. However, the DSN executive is contemplating calling for fresh elections or it may just appoint a person in an acting capacity.
“When we had the meeting last Sunday, somebody stood up and suggested that he be appointed as DSN president, but that could not be condoned, as it is unconstitutional. The said individual was asked to excuse himself from the proceedings,” Nghimoono said, without revealing the name of the individual.
In his resignation letter last month, Nyambe said he had served in his former position “diligently and honestly”.
“I would like to thank and commend my team that I worked with, as we brought the 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,” he said
Nyambe added that the time had now come to “give others an opportunity to lead”, and that he wished his successor “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 conscience tells me to take the decision now.”
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