City Police succession gathers pace

• Security chiefs recommend Eiseb

• Councillors fight to keep Kanime

By Eliaser Ndeyanale

WHILE City of Windhoek councillors have recommended that the municipality retain the services of Abraham Kanime, the security advisory committee tasked to appoint a new police chief has recommended City Police senior superintendent Adam Eiseb as the new head.

The advisory body, which includes top security chiefs from the Namibian Police (Nampol), Namibia Correctional Services (NCS), the Namibia Defence Force (NDF) and Namibia Central Intelligence Service (NCIS)  is said to have dropped the initially preferred candidate Commissioner Elias Mutota as incoming City Police head.

Mutota, who is the head of Nampol special branch was said to have been recommended last year to take over from Kanime, who is retiring next month. However, sources privy to the matter told Confidente on Friday that Mutota was instead appointed as the new deputy chief of the City Police, because the top post requires candidates to have a degree.

Eiseb will be deputised by Mutota and City of Windhoek manager for mayoral and council affairs Leevi Ileka. Contacted for comment Ileka declined to comment. Eiseb said he was not aware of his appointment. “There is nothing like that. I don’t have any knowledge whatsoever,” he said.

It was not immediately clear why Eiseb should have two deputies when the deputy position has not been filled since the establishment of City Police in 2001.

Kanime had submitted his resignation letter Windhoek chief executive officer Robert Kahimise to indicate that he intended to resign on 30 April, 18 days before his 60th birthday, but a number of councillors recently recommended extending his contract by three years.

The decision to keep Kanime is being challenged in the High Court by opposition party councillors Ignatius Semba of the Popular Democratic Movement and Nudo, respectively. The case was however struck off the court roll with cost on Tuesday.   In a letter by lawyer Norman Tjombe to chairperson of Windhoek City Council Moses Shiikwa, he described the decision by Swapo councillors to keep Kanime as unlawful and invalid.

“We accordingly demand that you confirm in writing that the council and any of its functionaries will not seek to implement the resolution, which confirmation should be received by us or on before Friday 20 March 2020, falling which our client shall approach the court,” Tjombe wrote on 19 March.

Kanime said “no comment” when contacted for comment while Shiikwa did not respond to numerous calls to his mobile phone. According to municipal sources, as of Monday this week, City councillors had nine days to implement their resolution to keep Kanime, as failure to adopt the resolution would mean that Kanime will have to go on 30 April.

Following Kanime’s notice of resignation, the security advisory council wrote to Kahimise on 13 February advising that he consult the security chiefs (chief of the NDF, Nampol inspector-general and NCS commissioner-general and NCIS) to provide two names of security officers for possible consideration as candidates for the position of head of City Police.

“The invitations for the service chiefs to provide [the names of] officials for possible consideration as head of City Police service should not be confused with the provision of regulation 5 (1), but should rather be seen as a process to assist the chief executive officer to make an informed decision and recommend the right candidates to the council.

“That the names of the aspirant candidates should be accompanied by a comprehensive CV, certified copies of education qualifications and other relevant documents from each candidate not older than three months.

“On receipt of the above documents, the chief executive officer, re-approach the service advisory committee for further advice and assistance in identifying the suitable candidates among the names so received.

“The service advisory committee is of the opinion that among the provided names, four qualified and experienced candidates should be shortlisted for vetting and interviewed for fitness to [head] the City Police services,” they wrote in their letter.