WELL-KNOWN academic and public speaker Joseph (Joe) Diescho is in pole position to become the head of the Namibia Institute for Public Administration and Management (Nipam).
The Namibian has reliably learned that Diescho is the Nipam's governing council's favourite to take over the position of executive director.
Although Nipam's governing council is tight-lipped on the issue, sources said the council recommended that Diescho be offered the post. The sources also said the competition was tough as all the shortlisted candidates were academics with PhD degrees.
The Nipam governing council chairperson, Cabinet Secretary Frans Kapofi, refused to divulge any information but said that the council had made a decision.
"But I did not sign an appointment letter to anyone yet," he said.
Kapofi also refused to say who the shortlisted candidates were.
Diescho, when contacted for comment yesterday, said no offer had been made to him yet. "All I can confirm is that I was interviewed as one of the shortlisted candidates," he said.
Diescho is a South African-based Namibian academic who spent a long time working for the University of South Africa in Pretoria.
It is not the first time that the government has offered him a job locally. Sources close to the Office of the Prime Minister, under which Nipam falls, said that former Prime Minister Nahas Angula had offered Diescho a job to head the Education and Training Sector Improvement Programme (Etsip) a few years ago. It is not clear why the two parties never agreed on terms.