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CoWÔÇÖs CEO post re-advertised, again

Mon, 3 November 2014 03:53
by Timoteus Shihepo

City of Windhoek (CoW) has gone for the second round of advertising the Chief Executive Officer’s post after they failed to get a suitable candidate for the past six months.
The Villager understands that the municipal Council had a meeting last week Thursday to decide on the successor of the outgoing Chief Executive Officer, Niilo Taapopi but decided to re-advertise the post again as the Council could find a right candidate.
According to the advert placed in the newspapers last Friday, City of Windhoek requires the services of a suitably qualified, visionary Chief Executive who will be responsible for the carrying out of the decisions and administration of the affairs of Council. This is a contractual position for a period of five years, reporting to the Management Committee.
The Villager had earlier reported that several top heads like Motor Vehicle Fund (MVA) CEO, Jerry Muadhinohamba, former Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Director General Mathew //Gowaseb, Mayor of Windhoek Agnes Kafula and CoW’s Strategic Executive for Human Resources Fillemon Hambuda who were being linked with the post ruled themselves out.
However new names also surfaced with media reports stating that four candidates were shortlisted for the job. These were Okahandja municipality Chief Executive Officer, Frans Enkali, former Director of Elections Moses Ndjarakana, Namsov Chief Executive officer, Jerome Mouton and Windhoek Municipality’s Strategic Executive for Community Services George Mayumbelo.
This is the second time that CEO’s post has been advertised. The post was first advertised in May when Taapopi’s five-year term had initially ended in June but they had to extend Taapopi’s contract because no suitable candidate was found despite 28 applications having been received. His term was extend for six months and he assumed duties on the 16th of June with the official ending of his term set for the 16th of December
His contract was extend even after the appointment of Strategic Executive for Human Resources Fillemon Hambuda as Acting CEO in June.
Taapopi has been at the helm of City of Windhoek ever since he replaced Martin Shipanga, who resigned in 2004. Taapopi had earlier told The Villager that whoever replaces him, unemployment and poverty should be tackled if Windhoek is to improve.
“Now that we have the Mass Housing project and TIPEEG (Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth) in place, these things should be prioritised. If these projects can be utilised then land can be serviced for people to decrease unemployment as well as poverty,” he said.
He had also earlier told The Villager that he had no plan to continue saying, ““They have shortlisted names and they are busy with the whole process. If there are people who want me to carry on they have not approached me and even if they approach me I will not continue. It was my privilege, I was honoured (to serve the City) and I am thankful to the residents of Windhoek who helped us to serve them and to achieve what we have achieved,” said Taapopi.