Ndishishi leaves NIPAM

03 May 2018 Author   Sonja Smith
Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) Executive Director, Andrew Ndishishi, is leaving the training institution in September after being at its helm for over two years.
Speaking to the Windhoek Observer this week, Ndishishi, who was appointed on 1 August 2016 until the vacancy is filled, said his time is now 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,” Ndishishi said.
The position of Executive Director became vacant following the sacking of Professor Joseph Diescho in 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 2018.
Ndishishi was seconded to NIPAM from the Office of the Prime Minister after the training institution struggled with getting a suitable candidate.
In terms of the NIPAM Act of 2010 the institution was established to function as a dedicated training and development institution for the unified public service in Namibia.
Ndishishi has been in government for over 20 years.
Between 2007 and 2012, he served as the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.
In 2015, he 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 University of Namibia's Communications Director, Edwin Tjiramba, who served as the acting NIPAM executive director for six months on secondment by the higher education institution.


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