By Patience Nyangove
NAMIBIA Airports Company (NAC) Chief Executive Officer, Tamer El-Kallawi, has been suspended by the parastatal’s board, pending investigations into alleged tender irregularities.
Confidente is reliably informed that El-Kallawi was due to be handed his suspension letter on Wednesday, following the conclusion of an NAC board meeting.
It is also understood that both Works and Transport Minister, Alpheus !Naruseb, and Public Enterprises Minister, Leon Jooste, had endorsed his suspension earlier this week.
El-Kallawi’s suspension follows investigations by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) last year into the CEO and several other executives, over the awarding of several contracts. Among the allegations is that they bypassed tender procedures to award a N$156 million contract for the supply of a security system and check-in counters at the Eros and the Hosea Kutako International airports.
The company, IBB Military Services and Accessories Supplies, was also awarded an earlier contract of N$48 million to install 20 scanners at the two airports. The NAC then awarded a N$20 million three-year contract to IBB, owned by Egyptian national Muhammad Omar, for the maintenance of the scanners.
It is understood that part of the ACC probe included the confiscation of El-Kallawi’s computers and cellphones.
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