Otjiwarongo municipality CEO interview process cancelled

OTJIWARONGO: The Otjiwarongo local authority council on Thursday cancelled the interview process aimed at recruiting its substantive chief executive officer (CEO).

The position of CEO for the Otjiwarongo Municipality has been vacant since the departure of Moses Matyayi who joined the City of Windhoek in the same role at the end of July this year.

Otjiwarongo Mayor, Gottlieb Shivute in an interview with Nampa on Friday said the decision to cancel the interview process was influenced and taken due to ‘material omission’, a situation which was detected by the interview panel members.

‘The decision to cancel that process was taken at a special council meeting on Thursday due to some irregularities detected, and it was decided that a shortlisting committee be appointed to re-evaluate the 47 applications which were submitted for the position by candidates in July this year, where the shortlisting should be made,’ said Shivute.

Two applicants from the 47 will not be considered because one withdrew by writing to
the council and another by absconding from the psychometric assessment process, he said.

The mayor stated that the re-evaluation part of this recruitment process should be completed by the first week of January 2024, and the interviews should be conducted thereafter.

Otjiwarongo Municipality Strategic Executive for Community Development Services, Erickson Mwanyekange in the meantime is the acting CEO of the municipality.
Source: The Namibia Press Agency