4 January 2013

Namibia: Still No Charges Against SSC's Tjivikua

Close to a month after the Social Security Commission (SSC) board suspended its chief executive officer, Kenandei Tjivikua, he is yet to hear what the charges against him are.

When approached for comment this week, he said: "No, I have not received anything. The last communication was the suspension."

Tjivikua was informed on Wednesday, December 12 last year, that he was suspended without pay.

He confirmed this week that he successfully challenged the provision of not receiving his salary while on suspension. "I challenged that and they reinstated the salary."

Asked whether he plans to challenge his suspension, Tjivikua said that he is waiting to be served with the charges against him. "I'm on extended holiday until further notice. I am waiting to hear from them [the board]. I am enjoying my life."

Upon enquiry, Rick Kukuri, the chairperson of the SSC board, refused to say what the charges against Tjivikua are. "No, that will be put to the concerned person. He will receive it when it is ready. I can't tell you what the charges are - that has nothing to do with you."

He said he was not at liberty to discuss "an internal matter in the public domain".

Last month, Tjivikua said there was no disciplinary hearing before he was suspended.

Tjivikua joined SSC about two years ago from FNB where he was a manager.

David Keendjele, the general manager of operations, has been appointed as the acting chief executive officer.

Joseph Garoëb, a board member, earlier said he could also not divulge the reasons for Tjivikua's suspension. "It was a board decision. For now, we want to keep it as an internal matter. There is no way that the board would suspend anyone without reasons."

In September 2011, a group of SSC employees held countrywide demonstrations during which they called for Tjivikua's removal - allegedly because of his management style.

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