A GOVERNMENT employee is demanding about N$130 000 from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry in transport claims he alleges he is owed over seven years.
Tjeya Hoveka, an animal health technician at Epukiro in Omaheke Region who he is currently on suspension, says he has an agreement with government to use his vehicle for official duties and claim allowances later.
However, Hoveka alleges that his supervisors have been reluctant to pay out what the ministry owes him and that they also did not give reasons for the suspension.
State veterinarian Dr. Bernard Chiwome yesterday confirmed Hoveka's case but declined to say much because its an internal issue. "We are dealing with that internally".
Chiwome could neither confirm nor deny that the ministry owes Hoveka N$130 000 in transport claims.
Hoveka says he found it difficult financially for him when he used his meagre resources for the ministry, "It's still a nightmare to me that they do not want to pay me. I still find myself in a difficult financial situation while employed by this ministry. I am using my meagre financial resources to subsidies the ministry directorate's activities."
According to documents he showed The Namibian, Hoveka has transport claims dating back to 2006 until 2012 excluding 2007.
Hoveka claims that he is being victimised by his supervisors in the ministry as they have "personal hidden agendas". He further claimed that it is not him alone who is affected in the region.
"In Gobabis, some animal health technicians are victimised, sidelined and don't have the mandate to independently run their areas and get feedback from their supervisors when necessary," he said.
It is not the first time Hoveka has been suspended. In 2007, he was suspended and investigated for being absent from work for three months, allegations which Hoveka denied.
In one of the letters to the ministry he showed The Namibian, Hoveka writes that "animal health technician is a field worker and his workplace is not the office. Those who want me to be in the office are totally misinformed".
He was reinstated six months later without being found guilty nor being told about the results of the investigations. The ministry paid him a lump sum after he was recalled to work.
The troubled relationship between Hoveka and his supervisors continued the following year when he was accused for not fulfilling his job description while there were individuals who complained about his work.
However, documents show that the ministry also accused Hoveka for not co-orperating during reconciliation talks.
One his supervisors described the animal health technician as "protecting his position with emotional outburst, unfounded accusations and general intransigence".