NAMIBIA – The Namibia Wildlife Resorts has rejected as “rumours” reports in The Namibian that its chief executive officer faced suspension last Thursday.
The Namibian reported that the NWR board was set to present Hengari with charges last Thursday to pave the way for her suspension.
According to sources, the charges include failure to submit cash flow statements, insubordination and communicating directly with the shareholders.
It was alleged that the board chairperson, Lea Namoloh, who also has shown interest in the parastatal’s managing director’s position, was behind the move to oust Hengari before the the board’s term expires at the end of February.
Namoloh last week denied knowledge of a move to oust Hengari, and declined to comment, saying: “I will not respond to any questions as I have no idea what (suspension) you are talking about. This is news to me”.
In statement issued on Friday, NWR stated that Hengari is still MD and is intending to serve her five-year tenure.
“I believe that it is in the best interest of the company and the country to know that these are just rumours and there is no truth in them,” said Hengari.
Hengari said her focus as the MD is to get NWR to a point that it starts generating a profit for shareholders, reassuring the domestic and international tourists that all is well at NWR and that the company looks forward to welcoming them.
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently,” Hengari remarked.
A source privy to the Thursday board meeting indicated that Namoloh wanted to press the charges against Hengari. However, all other board members voted against the move.
According to the source, the board of directors asked why they should start something when their term of office is set to expire in 10 days.
February 15, 2016; http://www.namibian.com.na/index.php?page=read&id=37140