CoW fails to charge Kanime . . as CEO seeks another forensic audit

31 August 2018 Author   Kaula Nhongo and Eliaser Ndeyanale

Suspended City Police chief, Abraham Kanime, remains uncertain about his future after the City of Windhoek failed to charge him two weeks ago as promised. Suspended City Police chief, Abraham Kanime, remains uncertain about his future after the City of Windhoek failed to charge him two weeks ago as promised. 

City of Windhoek Chief Executive Officer, Robert Kahimise, told the Windhoek Observer earlier this month, that a board of inquiry had been put in place and that Kanime and others implicated after a PwC forensic audit, would receive their charges on 17 August, but that has not happened.
Last month, the City also announced in a media statement that an independent audit had found that there were grounds to institute disciplinary action against Kanime, who stands accused of abusing City finances.
But Councilors who spoke to the Windhoek Observer this week, alleged that they have been kept in the dark regarding the forensic audit report.
Management Committee Chairperson, Mathew Amadhila, also confirmed that the report has not been made available to the councilors despite the fact that it was submitted to Kahimise in July.
“I don’t have a clue why, check with our spokesperson Lydia Hamutenya,” Amadhila said. 
Hamutenya said the media will be updated accordingly once the entire process has been concluded.
Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) Councilor, Ignatius Semba, said they are still to be briefed on the outcome of the audit.
He expressed concern that the City might suffer substantial financial losses if Kanime decides to take it to court to challenge his suspension. 
“I don’t know why this case is not coming to an end, I heard in the corridors that there is a PwC report, but I have not seen it,” Semba said.
A member of the management committee, who did not want to be named, said they were surprised to read in the Windhoek Observer that Kanime would be charged on 17 August because the charges as well as the report are supposed to be presented to council first before they can be sent to the head of the City Police, who has been on suspension for five months.
“It’s wrong, first, because we have not seen the report, and second, because the charges have to be tabled in a council management committee meeting. How do you send charges without presenting them in a Management Committee meeting? It’s not allowed,” the councillor maintained.
Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) Councillor, Brunhhidle Cornelius, also said that she was in the dark about the charges against Kanime.
“I heard a few weeks ago that someone from PwC came to make a presentation regarding the case, but I haven’t heard anything from there,” Cornelius said.
NUDO representative in the council, Joseph Kauandenge, said he last heard about Kanime’s case last month, when the City announced that the forensic audit by PwC had been completed.
City of Windhoek Mayor, Muesee Kazapua, referred this publication to Kahimise when asked if he had seen the report and why Kanime has not been charged as promised.
“You can call the CEO, he is the immediate supervisor for Kanime,” the mayor said. 
Other sources who spoke to the Windhoek Observer allege that Kahimise is now pushing for a second forensic audit after the first one was inconclusive.
The sources further claimed that Kahimise is adamant to find something on Kanime that he has instructed auditing firm PwC to have a second audit.
The Windhoek Observer could not independently verify these claims as numerous attempts to get comment from Kahimise were unsuccessful.
Kanime also declined comment, referring questions to his lawyer, Sisa Namandje, who said he was busy.
Kanime’s troubles with Kahimise started last year when he filed an affidavit in the Windhoek High Court alleging interference with his work when the City Police confronted residents who had setup illegal structures in the 7de Laan area. 
He wanted the court to prohibit Kahimise and the council from interfering in his work. He also claimed in the affidavit filed with the court that he was being ‘ignored’ and ‘threatened’.
Kanime’s enemies within the council accuse him of running the affairs of the City Police on his own terms and of undermining Kahimise’s authority.

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