Four managers from the Namibia Housing Enterprises (NHE) are still waiting for communication on their fate after they were suspended on 15 April 2021. However, it seems the suspended managers will have to wait longer as public enterprises minister Leon Jooste yesterday told New Era there are no new developments concerning the allegations which led to the suspensions, and his office is still waiting for a committee that was established to report back before final decisions can be taken.
According to urban and rural development minister Erastus Uutoni, he has been on top of the situation at the NHE. After meeting with the aggrieved staff members and minister Jooste, he confirmed the establishment of a committee to assess the situation, adding that no report has yet been issued by the said committee.
The NHE suspended the four managers, who without success allegedly led calls for chief executive officer Gisbertus Mukulu not to be reappointed for another five years, after they allegedly found fault with the lack of financial reports during his term.
The suspended managers are company spokesperson Eric Libongani, information technology manager Appolus Baisako, Beverly Vugs of finance, and company secretary Ntelamo Ntelamo. They were suspended with immediate effect with full pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.
The outrage from other NHE employees erupted when the institution’s board chairman, Sam Shivute, informed staff of Mukulu’s reappointment.
Shivute at the time said the reappointment of Mukulu was based on the firm’s financial performance, and by law there was nothing to stop the endorsement.