Geingob, spy chief butt heads

11 November 2016 Author   Sonja Angula
front HAGE 11 novemberNamibia Central Intelligence Service Director General, Philemon Malima, could soon find himself without a job, with State House sources saying this week that he has fallen foul of the president.
The Windhoek Observer has it on good authority that President Hage Geingob and Malima have been ruffling each other’s feathers as the spy chief has been declining to authorise the carrying of contingency funds by the president whenever he travels.
Sources said the president normally travels with huge sums of contingency funds whenever he moves around the country and abroad, which is used for immediate purchase or payments for goods during such trips. 
Well-placed sources within State House said this week that the seasoned veteran Malima, who took over as head of the spying agency in June last year, will soon be replaced by the youthful Namibian Police Deputy Commissioner Richard Erastus, who is head of the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) department.
Outjo-born Erastus, graduated with a Master’s of Informatics degree, for which he received the Best Performance Award, Best Merit Award and the Prof Neon Award, which is the highest award offered to the best science and technology student at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).
Other than heading the ICT division of the Namibian Police, Erastus is also a doctoral candidate in Informatics at NUST.
Malima, a one-time Environment and Tourism Minister, replaced retired lieutenant general Lukas Hangula last year as the head of Namibia Central Intelligence Service.
State House did not respond to questions sent by the Windhoek Observer.


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