12 April 2012

Namibia: Haimbili Seeks Urgent Court Interdict

Windhoek — Dismissed Transnamib Chief Executive Officer Titus Haimbili will seek an urgent court interdict to stop the company's board from implementing its decision to fire him.

The urgent application can hit the court roll as early as this week, sources close to the matter said.

Haimbili who has constantly crossed swords with the Transnamib board since 2008, received his marching orders this week but reasons for this bold and unexpected move are yet to be made public.

New Era has since established that both Haimbili and the company's Chief Operations Officer Charles Funda, who also got the boot, have engaged lawyers with a view to stop the board from firing them.

Haimbili is said to have roped in the services of Advocate Andrew Corbett, but an official at the lawyer's office, who said Corbett is currently 'overseas', refused to confirm or deny that their office is handling Haimbili's case.

Haimbili endured turbulent times at the transport parastatal during his relatively short stint there as the Chief Executive Officer.

His tenure was characterized by his fights with board chairman Festus Lameck, a temporary suspension and claims of awarding himself an interest-free study loan without the board's approval.

A report released by audit firm Ernst & Young in 2009 also castigated Haimbili over several issues, including the allegation that the embattled executive had unduly influenced the appointment of Albertus !Naruseb to the position of general manager for human resources.

!Naruseb was fired by the parastatal two years later after separate corruption charges were laid against him.

Ernst & Young also concluded at the time that Haimbili allegedly contravened TransNamib's credit card policy by failing to appropriately explain some of the expenses he incurred.

This, the audit firm stated, is because Haimbili did not divulge information on the use of and the individuals entertained on the company's credit cards, citing 8 July 2008 as one occasion upon which such expenses were incurred.

Also, on June 18 2008, another transaction involving N$8,700 was incurred from the company's credit card.

However, Haimbili was acquitted on several charges he faced then, but was convicted only on the charge that he acted beyond the scope of his authority by giving himself a N$65 000 interest-free study loan from TransNamib coffers without seeking the board's approval.

His suspension in 2008 was described by many as politically motivated, while his dismissal this week is seen as having its roots in the 2008 infightings with the board.

Haimbili could not be reached on his mobile that was consistently switched off, while text messages left on his mobile phone also went unanswered.

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