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No conflict of interest: Hamutumwa

by John Tuerijama



The founder of the newly launched Trust Fund, Ndeulipula Hamutumwa claims that there will be no conflict of interest with him serving as the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) treasurer.  
The Ndeulipula Hamutumwa Trust was officially launched by the Founding President Dr Sam Nujoma late last month at one of the leading hotels in the capital.  
In his response to questions sent to him via e-mail on this issue, Hamutumwa told The Villager Sport that his position as part of the NNOC executive team would not create any conflict of interest with regard to the running of the Trust.
“The Trust will primarily focus on identifying talent from the rural areas and will concentrate on athletes that are in primary and secondary schools by providing them with bursaries and scholarship to balance their lives between sport and education,”  said Hamutumwa.
He added that the conflict of interest will be non-existent because the NNOC concentrates mostly on the development of elite athletes and their support system towards major international games.
“We will seek to work closely with the Frank Fredericks Foundation and the Dr Sam Nujoma Foundation to expand on common programmes and activities,” he stressed.
The Trust, he said, will work closely with the NSSU and the respective sport officers in the regions to provide the youth from the rural areas with equal benefits as their counterparts from the urban areas.
He added that the Trust will also work closely with the National Youth Council and the student organisation, Nanso, to ensure that all potential human capital are identified and supported from the regions.
Hamutumwa, who is Team Namibia’s chef de mission for the 2012 London Olympic Games, said he, as the founder of the Trust, will donate funds from his personal income. He promises to also solicit support from the private sector and engage in fundraising activities.
“The partnership will be defined by a solid memorandum of understanding that will guide the rule of engagements. The Trust will abide by the principles of good governance,” he asserted.
The trustees of the Trust are Neville Andre, Isack Hamata, Stephen Vlieghe, Jason Kasuto and Christine Spath as the only female trustee.