The Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) has been stripped of the responsibility to ensure for Team Namibia’s preparations for the December Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six under-20 Youth Games slated for Lusaka, Harare.
Since its inception in 2005, the Commission has been at the centre-stage of organising for the logistics of the national under-20 team which started when Namibia hosted the Youth Games in the capital in 2006.
Namibia, who participated in the first edition of the youth games hosted by Mozambique in 2004, also competed in the 2008 event held in Potchefstroom, South Africa, and in 2010 in Swaziland.
While the composition of the current LOC has not yet been made public, the 2010 management committee consisted of officials from the NSC and Government assisted by different sport codes administrators.
Government pumped in N$ 700 000 for preparation while the NSC received N$ 400 000 for the same reason.
The Namibian government, through the Sports Ministry, gave N$1m to the SCSA Zone Six organising committee for Namibia’s participation in Swaziland.
The Villager Sports has unearthed what was meant to be wrapped under the carpet that the Directorate of Sport in the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture has taken over the responsibility from the NSC since the country’s last participation in Swaziland.
NSC’s acting chief administrator, Walter Haseb, said basically, the Directorate of Sport through the line Ministry, provides for transport and accommodation of both the athletes and officials.
Asked whether the NSC was incapacitated to take charge of organising for the youth games, Haseb noted that the manpower at the NSC’s head office has other responsibilities to execute.
On his part, the deputy director in the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, Shivute Katamba rubbished any claims that the directorate has taken over the organisation for the upcoming youth games.
“The Zone Six events are ministerial games but we are working together with the Sports Commission,” charged Katamba.
Queried whether there is any reason that prompted the directorate to claim ownership now, Katamba said nothing untoward happened in Swaziland that forced them to take over the organisation of the youth games.
It is yet to be established if the report on Namibia’s participation in Swaziland in 2010 has been submitted to the line Minister Kazenambo Kazenambo and his Deputy Minister Pohamba Shifeta, who, perhaps, based on the report, if ever finalised, decided that the directorate take over from the NSC.
“I was not in Swaziland and cannot tell you that something happened there which triggered the Directorate to arrive at that decision,” he said.
Katamba, who is also the Local Organising Committee (LOC) chairperson, could not say whether there is any representative from the NSC on the LOC or not.
He was, however, quick to note that the prerogative of who serves on the committee is with the Vetumbuavi Veii, the Director of Sport.
Efforts to get comment from the Veii proved futile as he has been reportedly operated on late last week.
Haseb, on the non-representation of anyone from the NSC on the Local Organising Committee said that by virtue of him being an Exec-Officio of the Zone Six at regional level, he is part and parcel of the LOC.