Polytechnic of Namibia’s Senior Media Lecturer, Unomengi Kauapirura, has joined the rat race to take over as the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Director-General (DG).
The national broadcaster is currently being headed by an acting DG, Vezenga Kauraisa, who was appointed when former boss Albertus Aochamub joined the President’s close advisory team as a Press Secretary at the State House.
“Let me be honest with you, I applied. I submitted my application on the 31st of last month during the extended deadline. I missed the first deadline because I had to travel, but when I came back, I saw the extended deadline flashing on my TV screen, and that is when I applied,” Kauapirura said.
Kauapirura maintained that she has not been approached for the position, nor has she been called as one of the shortlisted candidates for the position.
She added that if it happens that she is appointed to the position, it would be an honour.
“No, I have not been approached. But seriously though, where did you hear that? All these people we read about being approached, do they actually not get approached? Is this how rumours start?,” she pried.
The hunt for the NBC DG began about two months ago when Aochamub tendered his resignation.
Aochamub has been at the helm of the NBC since August 1, 2010, spending five years at the company.
Credit should be given to Aochamub for having turned the national broadcaster around financially, despite it remaining one of the biggest State beggars.
The national broadcaster is set to get over N$1 billion from 2014 to 2016.
Currently, NBC’s Chief Human Resources’ Officer, Vezenga Kauraisa, is the acting DG until a substantive DG is appointed.
Also, during the time when Aochamub’s resignation was announced, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) announced the appointment of three new NBC board members.
These members include Ongwediva-based lawyer Inonge Mainga, Otavi Chief Executive Officer Moses Matyayi and human resources’ specialist Wilhencia Kanjegerue Uiras.
The only two remaining board members include Sven Thieme and Andrew Kanime. Thieme is the Executive Chairperson of the Ohlthaver and List Group of Companies (O&L), as well as a NBC board chairperson. Kanime is the General Manager of Human Resources and Strategic Training at Telecom Namibia.
Aochamub officially left on August 1, 2015.
During the time of Aochamub’s resignation, Thieme said for continuity purposes, he desired the next DG to be from the corporations of senior NBC staff.
“I will continue to work with the new team to take the NBC to the next level. I will make sure that the resolutions we made are executed. I will fight for it,” stressed Thieme at the time.
When contacted for comment regarding the Kauapirura DG rumours, Thieme told The Villager that he is not aware of anything in that line, citing that the recruitment process has not even been completed yet.
“If that is the case, then you know more than me. All I can say to you is that the process is still underway. There are no other developments yet,” he stated.
Selected candidates for the position of director-general at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation will be notified next week, Thieme stressed.
According to other media reports, 12 people applied for the position by the deadline of July 31, 2015, and the selection process to be concluded soon.
Thieme was quoted as saying that the interview panel will be made up of NBC board members, as well as former DG Aochamub.
The board, however, hopes to fill the position of director-general for the national broadcaster in three weeks’ time.
Although the race for the NBC job has underway for the past few months, The Villager could not ascertain any other candidates who are vying for the lucrative job.
The appointed DG will be responsible for steering the national broadcaster to a better financial position and also for consolidating on Aochamub’s achievements. In the past NBC has had challenges with its financial performance and has relied on Government for survival.