by Hileni Nembwaya
The Oshakati Town Council has temporarily closed its offices after one of the members of the interview panel had tested positive for Covid-19 from today until further notice.
The offices are said to be undergoing thorough disinfection during the period of closure.
The council’s management committee members and senior officials who were part of the interview panel had been in self-isolation for about two weeks now after it was announced that the City of Windhoek, chief executive officer (CEO) Robert Kahimise had tested positive for Covid-19.
Kahimise was part of the interview panel for the interview of the position of the council’s CEO that became vacant after former CEO; Werner Iita had resigned to contest for the national assembly elections during last year’s general election held in November.
The Namibian understands that some members of the panellists included the CEO of Ongwediva Town Council, Damien Egumbo; Oshikoto regional council chief regional officer; Frans Enkali and Oshana regional council chief regional officer, Martin Elago amongst others.
Egumbo told The Namibian that he had been in self-isolation for over 10 days upon learning that one of the panellists had tested positive to Covid-19.
He was tested and his results came out negative.
“I am still in self-isolation and I do not know for how long I will be here. I was tested and my results came out negative and that’s it, I cannot share with you more information on my personal health,” he said.
Enkali when contacted said that he has been in self-isolation for about two weeks now.
“I am still in self-isolation and I’m doing well thank you. I am very much fine and I’m not showing any signs related to Covid-19. I was tested but unfortunately I cannot share my personal information with the whole world,” said Enkali.
Elago could not be reached for comments.
The Covid-19 scare at the council offices is also said to have halted the council’s meeting to recommend the successful candidate to fill the vacant CEO position as the council’s management committee could not sit for the meeting, earlier this week.
The Oshakati Town Council had been without a substantive CEO since November, last year.
Some of the candidates who were interviewed for the position included the former CEO Iita, CEO of Oniipa Town Council Junias Jacob, CEO of Okahao Town Council Timoteus Namwandi, Windhoek City Police senior superintendent Nathanael Nendongo and CEO of Ruacana Town Council Emily Nanyeni.