The Namibian (Windhoek)

30 April 2013

Namibia: Hengari Tipped to Head NWR

NAMIBIA Wildlife Resorts' acting managing director and company secretary, Zelna Hengari , is expected to be confirmed as the new head of the tourism parastatal.

This depends on whether Environment Minister Uahekua Herunga gets his way, though.

The NWR board of directors is said to have recommended to Herunga that Hengari be appointed as the parastatal's managing director.

The Namibian has reliably learned that Herunga is in agreement with the board and that he has written a letter to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, recommending that Hengari be confirmed in the position.

Ministry of Environment sources said the letter was delivered to the Office of the Prime Minister a fortnight ago.

NWR board chairperson Lea Namoloh confirmed that the NWR board had “recommended a suitable candidate to the minister”. She added that “the recommendation is yet to be endorsed or rejected by Cabinet”.

Namoloh would not confirm whether the board's recommended candidate was Hengari.

“I cannot confirm as there were other candidates as well,” she said.

Hengari is said to have been facing pending disciplinary action after an investigation done by the company's internal audit department.

The board is said to have refused to act despite legal advice stating that she had a case to answer to.

Namoloh said the current NWR board couldn't comment on old allegations against Hengari.

“They were already dispensed with and closed by the previous board. The current board cannot thus re-open closed cases unless there is new evidence to that effect,” she said.

Hengari and the company's acting head of human resources, Sebulon Chicalu, were investigated for alleged irregularities last year. Namoloh said the cases against Hengari and Chicalu were treated the same as other cases, “without any prejudice or favour.”

Environment Minister Herunga had told The Namibian earlier that the cases against the two were dropped because the board felt that there was a witch-hunt against the two managers.

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