Friday 23 April 2021
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NUST likely to re-advertise Tjivikua post

It seems all is architected to play into the hands of longest serving Namibian SOE boss Tjama Tjivikua at the Namibia University of Science and Technology.
While it was made to seem that Tjivikua was ready to pack his office when a suitable replacement emerges, the out-of-contract academic is alleged to be playing chess with the powers that be, influencing them that he is the only suitable candidate to run the institution again.
Behind the scenes, it is alleged is the masterful Salomo Mbai working to ensure that the 61-year old floats an exit in an attempt to stay on.
Mbai, who is a council member representing the employees of the institution is said to be a known Tjivikua cheerleader and has on numerous occasions expressed his desire for Tjivikua’s extended stay at NUST.
On 6 February, five shortlisted candidates hailing from Botswana, Nigeria and Malaysia were interviewed for the position of vice chancellor along with two Namibians. These candidates are  Abraham Ogwu, Dr Otlogetswe Totolo, Said Irandoust and two Namibians Erold Naomab and Frednand Gideon both from the University of Namibia.
According to insiders, the candidates were supposed to have been informed by Tuesday 12 February, but council remains tight-lipped on the matter.
In a telephonic interview with the chairperson of the NUST council Advocate Esi Schimming-Chase, did not divulge much except saying that it is the duty of council to make such an announcement and she did not have such information at the time.
“Council is having a meeting on 28 February to decide on that. Only has council can decide on that,” said Schimming-Chase before referring this journalist to NUST Registrar Moss Garde for future media enquiries.
The Patriot is informed that the panel who conducted the interview was comprised of panelists Linda Ipinge, Goms Minnete, Schimming-Chase, Salomo Mbai and Michael Hamavindu although Hamavindu did not sit through-out the entire process.
A source close to the interview proceedings say while Naomab and Gideon were scored in a top tie by the panelists, fierce lobbying may see Tjivikua’s return.
Tjivikua is also said to be lobbying council members behind the scenes for an extension under the pretext that he is only turning 61 this year and should be allowed to stay on until 75, like in the case of Dr. Gert Gunzel who left the institution at 75.
This proposal is said to have been declined and his exit is tipped to end of March. Three candidates were identified to act on a rotational basis.
When asked about his stay and future at NUST, Tjivikau cut this journalist short saying he does not wish to be asked about anything.
“Don’t talk to me about that. Talk to the chairperson of Council (Schimming-Chase).”
When interviewing Mbai, he also refused to comment on allegations about his relationship with Tjivikua saying these allegations are unfounded and he would defend such allegations in the court of law.
“Whoever gave you my number must tell you everything. I do not deal with allegations; I’m not a journalist, but a professional.
I deal with things at the best interest of the country. I have been at NUST for 21 years.
Why should I block any person? What is my interest there?
Talk to the person who gave you my number and the person who told you about these unfounded allegations.
We are following procedures and processes,” he said referring this reporter to Schimming-Chase.
Tjivikua’s wife and Institutional Planner Neveara Olivier is also said to be on her way out by end of this year.
In a move considered highly questionable, Tjivikua engaged Human Resources Chief Duvenhage to personally negotiate for her severance package.
“It is wrong but no one is doing anything. The man runs the institution with no questions being asked so he is doing whatever he wants,” said a source.

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