Sinvula, Grootfointein battle rages on
• By Tracy Tafirenyika
THE on-going saga between the Grootfointein municipality and suspected Grootfointein Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kisco Sinvula has been postponed to next year due to insufficient evidence against Sinvula.
Confidente understand Grootfointein town council has forked out over N$ 2 million in this procrastinated sage which promises no end in sight.
According to the Management Committee Chairperson (MCC), Elizabeth Kastoor, Sinvula who has been on suspension since March this year, has been dodging court hearings which has made the municipality to folk out huge amounts of money in this fight.
“He has been running away from the hearing and he has been avoiding court appearance and the municipality has been paying for those costs.
Simvula confirmed to Confidente, that the civil case had been postponed to next year due to the fact that “the municipality had not provided enough evidence that can support their case against me.”
“The first hearing was on October 24 and they were supposed to submit their evidence against me, but they failed to submit enough documents to support their allegations against me. The hearing was then postponed to next year in order to give the municipality enough time to build their case and provide enough evidence to support their claims,” he stated.
In March this year, MCC, Kastoor, moved a motion to suspend Sinvula over allegations of serious misconduct.
The allegations against Sinvula range from insubordination, abuse of power, violation of the Local Authorities Act of 1992, violation of the Procurement Act, corruption, forgery, misleading and misrepresentation of facts, negligent trading, utterances, and violations of labour law, racketeering and the misuse of public funds.
Sinvula’s tenure as Grootfointein CEO has been shadowed by dark clouds of uncertainty which led to his suspension in march this year after 30 charges were levelled against him
Chief among the charges involves that of fraud, bribery, and gross negligence, relating to the tender of 240 wheelie bins, to which it is alleged that Sinvula facilitated and solicited monies amounting to N$40 000. It is alleged that he increased the bid price for Plastic Packaging and Rock Leight Investment.
Another charge includes that of awarding a road sealing tender to a certain Otjomuise Construction cc, and also giving it council materials without authorisation from management. The tender amount was N$5 075 000, a figure alleged to have been inflated and in excess of the budget.
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