Monday 14 June 2021
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NCRST Board locking horns with acting Boss

The Patriot has reliably been informed that the Norton Titus-led Board will today suspend Enid Keramen after she wrote a damning letter to President Hage Geingob distancing the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) from the Innovation Conference which kicked off in Windhoek on Wednesday.
Acting Chief Executive Officer Keramen has also threatened legal action against her employer after she was overlooked for the Chief Executive Officer’s position in which she had been acting for 18 months.
The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) have concluded the recruitment process and have recommended Dr Michael Tjivikua to the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi as the preferred candidate.
Sisa Namandje & Co. incorporated acting on behalf of Keramen wrote to NCRST to inform them of the allegation against them.
“Despite our client meeting the requirements, our client {was} surprised to find that notwithstanding your recording that our client should ‘compete in a fair and transparent prosed and that you expressed to your fellow commissioners on three occasions that she qualified to be shortlisted” and that you may be happy if she gets appointed, our client was not shortlisted,” reads the letter in part.
Ms Keramen further contends that the process of recruitment was unfair, irrational, unreasonable and against the doctrine of legality. The NCRST is specifically cautioned to not continue with the appointment of the CEO until such time as Keramen’s grievance has been considered. Should they continue with it however, litigation will be instigated.
When contacted for comment, Dr Norton Titus Chairperson at NCRST told The Patriot that he is not in a position to provide any comment at this stage since they are formulating a response to the letter received from the attorneys, since that is the route instigated by Keramen.
Keramen, when contacted stated she was out of country and not available to be interviewed.

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