After three years of rigorous searching, the City of Windhoek has finally found a new substantive Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in the person of former Erongo Red Chief Executive Officer Robert Kahimise, The Villager can announce.
Kahimise who assumed the officer beginning of this month, taking over from Acting CEO Filemon Hambunda will handle the city’s administration officially with effect from the 1st of February till his tenure expires in 2021. “For almost three years, we as the political leadership of the city of Windhoek have been searching for a CEO who is the head of administration or Accounting Officer. Now I am officially informing our residents and the private sector that the position of the CEO has been filled.
It is my distinct honour to present to you Mr. Robert Kahimise as the new CEO,” announced the mayor at a press briefing held in the capital. He added that despite the burden this was putting in his office, the absence of a substantive accounting officer or CEO had not disturbed the smooth running of affairs at the municipality.
“It had been a burden in terms of administrative leadership, and we had given a mandate to different departments particularly our strategic executive to act in that position. But then we did no sit and relax, and this did not affect the systems in place,” he further said.
Kahimise who inherits a plethora of problems which the city of Windhoek is currently grappling with, among them being the crippling water crisis said that he would officially make known his vision and plans of tackling the many ills at a press conference to be held end of February after approval.
“Allow me to express my deepest gratitude on the privilege and honour bestowed on me for being appointed as a substantive CEO for City of Windhoek. The powers and mandate of an acting CEO are limited, that vacuum in itself has created challenges which I need to deal with on my first day of office,” said Kahimise. . He said his biggest responsibility would be the employees while he called on the need for a collaborative approach to tackling the many problems bedeviling the municipality.
“The challenges of the city are well known; they have also been articulated in the mayoral agenda for the year. Apart from that, my biggest responsibility will be to lobby and to get the best out of the most important aspect of the city, which is the employees. Land, service delivery, and water challenges can be (tackled) on the condition that the people and the staff of the city embrace the challenges and deal with culture issues, then we can proactively respond to the demands of the residents of the city of Windhoek,” he also said.
He hails from Stellenbosch University, has an accounting and finance background with five years of experience at the Mines Ministry, having been at Air Namibia as Manager: Revenue Accounting and was finance analyst at the Electricity Control Board.