NamPower MD, Simson Haulofu, is alleged to have interfered with the process to recruit the company’s chief legal advisor by favouring a candidate that scored third in interviews conducted earlier this month.
The chief legal advisor plays a critical role in corporate and board affairs as he/she ensures that all statutory and contractual obligations are being followed by the company.
Haulofu is accused of favouring Zoe Nambahu over Victor Gabriel, because of his alleged close ties to her.
Both Nambahu and Gabriel already work for NamPower as corporate legal advisors.
Insiders at NamPower told the Windhoek Observer this week that Gabriel, who scored the highest during the interview process, had been overlooked and Nambahu who came third, had been given the post.
“NamPower had interviews to appoint a new Chief Legal Advisor. A certain guy called Victor [Gabriel]- who already works in the department - scored the highest at the interview.
“A lady from Telecom was second and Zoe Nambahu was third. However, since Zoe is close to the MD and the board chair [Kauna Ndilula], it appears they manipulated the scoring and appointed Nambahu,” one official claimed this week.
The interviews were conducted on 5 October by a panel of experts including lawyer Dr Sacky Akweenda, Haulofu, Chief Officer of Corporate Affairs, Isac Tjombonde and three other NamPower senior executive members.
Haulofu referred queries to the parastatal’s spokesperson while Ndilula did not answer her phone.
NamPower Manager of Corporate Communication & Marketing, Tangeni Kambangula, dismissed the allegation as baseless, adding that the process was transparent.
“NamPower would like to dismiss this allegation in its totality, as it is incorrect. For your information, the board of directors is not involved in appointing staff to non-executive positions which the Chief Legal Advisor position is. Also please take note that the board chairperson had no involvement or influence in the interview process.
“Ms Zoe Nambahu was appointed to the position of Chief Legal Advisor with effect from 01 November 2017,”Kambangula said.
Kambangula said that about 30 candidates applied, and four candidates, two internal and two external, were selected for interviews.
The position was previously occupied by Bjorn Joerges, who retired about six months ago.
Nambahu is an admitted legal practitioner of the High Court of Namibia and holds a law degree from the University of Stellenbosch.
She previously worked for Weder, Kauta and Hoveka legal practitioners as well as Telecom Namibia.