Businesswoman, Ally Angula, will soon be unveiled as Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance,
an impeccable source with knowledge of the appointment revealed to the Windhoek Observer this week.
Angula was one of five people shortlisted for the position in May.
A senior official within the Ministry of Finance told this publication that Angula has been chosen as the suitable candidate and that her appointment is only pending completion of a security vetting process by the Namibia Central Intelligence Service.
Angula pleaded ignorance of her imminent appointment when contacted for comment on Wednesday.
“This is news to me thus I cannot talk about something I am unaware of,” she said.
Weekly newspaper, The Patriot, reported in May that the Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein, had recommended Angula for the position.
It said Schlettwein had allegedly directed that the Deputy PS must chair the Strategic Implementation Steering Committee and report to him directly.
Contacted for comment this week, Schlettwein said he has not seen the appointment letter from the Public Services Commission (PSC) yet.
“As soon as I get it I will let you know,” he said.
PSC Chairperson, Markus Kampungu, also claimed that he was not aware of the appointment.
“In fact, we have not received a submission to that effect,” he said.
Earlier media reports suggested that the ministry had had handpicked Angula for the position and that she was going to be paid a salary that is beyond the Public Service Commission salary scale for deputy permanent secretary.
However, Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary, Ericah Shafudah denied in an interview with weekly newspaper, Confidentѐ, that Angula would get a special salary.
The ministry advertised the post in January and interviews were conducted in April.
According to an advert placed in local newspapers at the time, the ministry is offering a basic salary ranging between N$555,000 and N$590 000, and a housing allowance of N$97,200 per annum to the successful candidate.
Angula, who is the owner of Leap Manufacturing Namibia (LMN), trading as My Republik, has been the subject of media attention this year following her decision to resign from the board of Namibia Post and Telecommunications Holdings (NPTH) amid allegations of interference in board decisions by Information and Communication Technology Minister, Stanley Simataa.
Public records from the Windhoek High Court show that her company was sued for non-payment of rent totaling nearly N$1.3 million by the Grove Mall of Namibia.
Nedbank Namibia also commenced legal action against Angula and her husband involving a separate N$1.3 million payment on a personal loan that was allegedly overdue.
In spite of these financial troubles, Angula is seen as someone with a sharp business acumen and positive professional reputation.
She has received several international recognitions for her talent and success.
Angula serves on the board of Oryx Properties Limited, a company that owns Maerua Mall.
She is also a sought-after financial consultant and advisor for many business enterprises and boards of directors.