10 February 2016

Namibia: Two Tipped for Nampower Top Job

TWO senior executives from the Namibia Power Corporation have emerged as the favourites for the parastatal's top job following the suspension of managing director Paulinus Shilamba last year.

The two are acting managing director Simson Haulofu and divisional manager for energy trading Mbuere ua Mbuere.

NamPower sources said the process was completed and that Haulofu came out of the process tops with just a 0,5 point lead over Mbuere. The Namibian has learnt that Mbuere obtained an overall score of 63,4% from the recruitment process while Haulofu scored 63,9%.

Mines and energy minister Obeth Kandjoze yesterday said he was still waiting for the parastatal to furnish him with a report on the process. He said he has indicated to the NamPower board it was important that the recruitment process is concluded speedily.

Kandjoze said the NamPower board had assured him that he will get the report soon.

Before becoming acting managing director, Haulofu was the divisional manager responsible for power generation. He has been a member of NamPower's top management for more than 15 years.

Mbuere became a rising star at NamPower around 2006 when Shilamba was appointed. Mbuere, seen as Shilamba's right-hand man, was then elevated to chief operations officer. A few years later the two had a fallout and Mbuere was demoted to head the renewable energy department, which at the time was viewed as of little significance.

He was later moved to head NamPower's systems operations until last year when he was promoted to energy trading, taking over from Werner Graupe, who was suspended alongside Shilamba.

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