20 December 2012

Namibia: Mogane Payoff Still Pending

RUSTEN Mogane's suspension saga with the Namibia Sport Commission will drag into a third year unless a speedy resolution is sought in the coming weeks.

Early last month, Mogane said he had accepted a parting package from the NSC and that he was no longer interested in the chief administrator's post.

However, that process appears far from completion and the country's highest sport authority is still without a substantive leader.

"We agreed on certain things. I'm still waiting for the commission to get back to me," Mogane told The Namibian yesterday.

"The matter is being held through the lawyers and so far my lawyers have not heard anything so what more can I say? My lawyers said I must wait patiently," Mogane added.

NSC chairperson Vivienne Katjiuongua said last week that they were hopeful of landing a meeting with newly appointed Sport Minister Jerry Ekandjo to brief him on the status of the matter.

Yesterday, Director of Sport Dr Vetumbuavi Veii said he was not aware of any imminent meeting between the NSC and government.

Mogane was suspended from the Namibia Sport Commission on July 1, 2011 because of alleged fraudulent irregularities surrounding his pension contributions. He was initially only suspended from office until September 30 the same year, pending the outcome of an investigation into the allegations.

His case however remains unresolved, with the NSC missing the initial deadline, of end of March, set by then Sport Minister Kazenambo Kazenambo to end the long-running saga.

It is now expected that his successor, will - as a matter of urgency - put an end to the 17 month stand-off.

During this time, the NSC has struggled for an identity and has seen its authority undermined by various sport federations - most notably the Namibia Gymnastics Federation.

Ekandjo must not only see to it that the matter is resolved, but also appoint a new chief administrator.

While on suspension, the former teacher and Brave Warriors coach has been enjoying full pay plus full benefits of the commission's top position.

In his absence, the NSC had placed its head of finance, Walter Haseb, in temporary charge.

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