24 January 2013

Namibia: Khorixas to Pay Ex-Manager

THE former finance chief of the Khorixas Town Council was granted a settlement of N$90 000 following an arbitration hearing.

Amingo /Honneb resigned from the council last year following a fallout between him and other senior management members during an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigation into an alleged fictitious tender in which the municipality lost N$300 000.

The N$90 000 settlement, which is the equivalent of six months' pay, was awarded on December 17 last year and was supposed to be paid on January 15.

/Honneb allegedly became the target of his colleagues after he revealed during the ACC investigation that no tender board or management meeting had decided on the tender which was the subject of the probe.

Relations between him and Khorixas CEO Nicodemus #Gaeseb particularly hit an all-time low.

In his submission at the arbitration hearing, /Honneb said his working conditions and relations between him and his colleagues became unbearable, leaving him with no option but to resign.

/Honneb claimed that his signing rights were taken away and given to his subordinate because he cooperated with the ACC investigation.

The ACC investigation landed Khorixas CEO #Gaeseb, human resources head Eben Xoagub and Daniel Geiseb, two Swapo councillors, behind bars. They have since paid bail and are trial awaiting.

/Honneb is now working at the /Uis Village Council at a much lower salary than he earned at the Khorixas Town Council.

He wanted a N$600 000 settlement and said he was not happy with the N$90 000 awarded to him.

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