KEETMANSHOOP: The Chief Executive Office of the Keetmanshoop Municipality Paul Vleermuis resume his duty on Monday after given six days of special leave.
Vleermuis says the special leave by the town council was intended to give room for investigations into allegations that he executes decisions without council approval.
Council staffs who preferred anonymity confirmed to Nampa Monday that no investigations were conducted.
Vleermuis allegedly appointed local lawyer Gert van der Heever without council approval to represent the council in a labour case against Hansina Isaacks during September this year.
The CEO confirmed to Nampa Monday that he returned to office and that he is not yet updated on whether investigations are completed or not.
According to Vleermuis and other council staff the council appointed former CEO Jerry Shangadi to investigate the allegations.
Reliable sources from the council who preferred anonymity confirmed to Nampa Monday that no investigations were conducted.
“I am at the office and there is no one to update me. I know what will happen is that the council will keep quiet and expect me to smile, make peace and just continue working after tarnishing my image,” he said.
Vleermuis added that the same thing happened to him in 2010, where he was also suspended for investigations on council financial malpractices.
“It is really humiliating, I have never seen such dishonest in this country,” CEO said.
Council Mayor Moses Titus refuses to talk to Nampa; however he told the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Television that Shangadi was requested to conduct “the advisory investigation”.
“We appointed Shangadi to serve in an advisory capacity to help [the] council in tracing financial information which is not forthcoming from the administrative management despite [the] council’s repeated requests,” said Titus as quoted by the Namibian Newspaper (03 October 2012).
Sources also said an N.dollars 7 000 cheque was approved and signed to compensate Shangadi for the work.
“I suspect that someone tried to make quick buck from this, because the cheque was signed on Tuesday last week earlier than the appointment letter that was signed on Thursday last week,” sources said.
Council staffs also question why council has to hire Shangadi to investigate or give advises if that could be done by qualified personnel from the Ministry of Regional and Local Government.
They also indicated that these suspensions are an effort by the council to force CEO to resign as he does not support corruption practices.
Approached for comments on the matter Shangadi responded that he agreed to assist the council not to investigate but as a consultant on certain issues.
He also stated that he did not start with such work yet and could also not say when to start and what these issues that he will advise on.
“I do not investigate people, the council needs me as a consultant on certain issues,” Shangadi said.
Shangadi did not collect his payment yet as he still have to work for it.