The post of Chief Administrator at the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) will become vacant again after Shivute Katamba who is currently acting in the capacity told The Villager Sport that he has no interest running for the post after his term expires next month.
Katamba was appointed in the position in May last year for an 18 months after succeeding Rusten Mogane, who parted ways with the commission on the 1 July 2011 after allegations of his financial mismanagement surfaced.
“ Go and write that I am not interested in the post. Is that real important to ask such a question,” said Katamba after extensive probing from The Villager.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Youth, National Service Sports and Culture (YNSSC), Gabriel Sinimbo, told The Villager this week that Katamba will return to his deputy director post in the ministry.
“Katamba will come back to his position as deputy director of community sport and development in the ministry after his 18th months have expired. Katamba was seconded to the sport commission and remain a staff member of the ministry. His position as deputy director is not vacant and he is still the substantive holder of the position,” said Sinimbo.
Sinimbo said that the NSC’s chief administrator post will be advised in due course, despite not revealing the date to when the post will be advertised.
Sinimbo could also not reveal about the potential candidates linked with the job when asked.
“The position of chief administrator will be advertised in due course. It is close to impossible to know who the candidate are at this point, but when the position is advertised, it will be dealt with by the NSC and the line ministry,” said Sinimbo.
Sinimbo, however said that the line ministry has been impressed with Katamba’s performances, even though the NSC has come under criticism from some sport codes for under-funding.
Sports such as netball have not been receiving funding from the NSC since 2003, while a sport code like fistball has not received its funding for this year.
This year June, both Government, in particular the ministry of sport, and the NSC all refused to take responsibilities for the under-funding of sport after the director of sport, Dr.Vetumbuavi Veii, and Katamba distanced themselves from responsibilities.
Veii told The Villager Sport that the ministry does not have the jurisdiction to decide on how much different sports codes receive and pushed the blame to the Sports Commission. “The ministry does not decide the amount of funding to be allocated to sport codes. You should ask the Sports Commission on that,” he said.
Meanwhile, Katamba admitted that there is a mismatch in the funding of different sport codes and the NSC are working flat out to rectify the problem.
“We are not responsible for funding national teams such as football and rugby because they get funding from Government as an act of parliament. We only help them with administrations.
“That is why we had the sport conference in April. In order to end this issue of under-funding,” said Katamba.
Sinimbo also came out in defence of Katamba, saying that the ministry is impressed with his progress since taking over the position.
“So far, the ministry is happy with his (Katamba) performances,” added Sinimbo.