Some high profile names have been linked with the executive director position at the Namibian Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM), the Windhoek Observer has established.
The position is currently occupied by Andrew Ndishishi who is retiring later this year after spending two years at the helm of the institute which was established to provide administrative and management training.
People with knowledge of the matter told the Windhoek Observer this week that a panel of experts, including the NIPAM governing council, interviewed the prospective candidates last week Thursday.
In the running for the position are Namibia Ports Authority Human Resource Executive Dr Felix Musukubili, Namibia Qualifications Authority Chief Executive Officer Franz Gertze and former University of Namibia (UNAM) Pro vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration Dr Boniface Mutumba, who left the country’s flagship university under a cloud in April 2015 after he was accused of tender irregularities.
Gertze could neither deny nor confirm that he had applied for the job when contacted while Musukubili refused comment.
“Sorry! I cannot comment on that,” was all Musukubili could say.
Mutumba could not be reached for comment as his phone was off.
NIPAM Communication and Public Relations Manager, Ester Paulus, said the appointment of the new executive director would be done not later than October this year.
“NIPAM will announce the appointment of the successful candidate through the media once the selection process has been completed,” Paulus said.
Speaking to the Windhoek Observer in May, Ndishishi said his time at NIPAM was up.
“It is true that I am leaving. My contract with NIPAM has come to an end. I will be 60 years old in September, so it’s enough for me. But I will still stick around for a few months with the new person to be appointed,” he said.
Ndishishi joined NIPAM after the position of Executive Director became vacant following the ousting of Professor Joseph Diescho in late 2015.
Diescho was dismissed in December 2015 over allegations of a breach of his employment contract, insubordination, competition with the employer and non-compliance with resolutions of the governing council.
Diescho's contract was supposed to run from 1 July 2013 until 30 June this year.
Ndishishi was seconded to NIPAM from the Office of the Prime Minister after the training institution struggled with getting a suitable candidate.
A former veteran permanent secretary in various ministries, Ndishishi joined the Prime Minister's office when he left the health ministry as its permanent secretary, where he had served since 2012.
He replaced the UNAM’s Communications Director, Edwin Tjiramba, who served as the acting NIPAM executive director for six months on secondment by the higher education institution.