BoN Governor to lead NamRa
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01 November 2019
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Bank of Namibia (BoN) Deputy Governor, Ebson Uanguta been appointed as the interim Commissioner of the Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRa).

His appointed was announced by Finance minister Calle Schlettwein on Thursday as part of a secondment arrangement between the ministry and the central bank.
“I am pleased to announce that we have been assisted by the Bank of Namibia by availing the Deputy Governor Ebson Uanguta to be appointed as the Commissioner of NamRa,” Schlettwein said.
The Finance minister revealed that Uanguta’s secondment will only be for a six-month period to assist with the operationalization of the revenue body.
“This will be an arrangement for the first six months to provide us with a chance to have the Commissioner together with the board, develop the structure and staff recruitment. Thereafter Mr. Uanguta will go back to his position at the Bank and we will proceed with the recruitment of the Commissioner,” Schlettwein said.
The minister said the decision to appoint an interim leader comes as the NamRa board had failed to find a suitable candidate during its recruitment process, which had been spearheaded by a recruitment agency.
“This is being done because the selection from the interview that was done did not meet all our requirements and therefore that process has to be redone. We are thankful for the Bank of Namibia to have assisted,” Schlettwein said.
This comes as the Windhoek Observer reported that Inland Revenue Commissioner Justus Mwafonge, Communication Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) Chairperson Heinrich Mihe Gaomab II and Tax Leader at PWC Chantell Husslemann had been short listed to become Commissioner/CEO of NamRa.
The trio had already been vetted and their names have been forwarded to Cabinet, which was expected to announce its favorite candidate.
On the timeline when Namra will become operational, Schlettwein said it will be within the current financial year, signaling another extension from the set deadline of 1 October 2019.
“The process is complicated because the tax collection cannot be interrupted. We have to have the systems running until the last day and on the same day switch over to NamRa system which will take over as the Receiver of Revenue of Namibia. Government remains committed to bringing NamRa online within the current financial year. The preparatory activities have been extended because of key dependency activities that have to be completed. I wish to reiterate that Government remains committed to the establishment of the Namibia Revenue Agency,” he said.
The revenue agency is expected to tighten the country’s tax system, which many say is riddled with loopholes that allow businesses and individuals to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.
As an autonomous body, it will adopt its own internal policies, including, financial, IT, procurement, risk management, and human resources policies as it seeks to attract and retain critical skills, and be funded through government budget appropriations, based on costed and prioritised programmes.

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