By Staff Reporter
According to sources close to the players involved, Dr Michael Nokokure Humavindu, who is currently the Deputy Executive Director of Industrialisation and Enterprise Development at the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, received a letter on the 31st of October 2019, informing him of his appointment as Chairperson of the Council.
His tenure was short-lived though, as on the very following Mon-day, the 4th of November, he was verbally informed that he, in fact, was not the appointee to the position, as it had been of-fered to another candidate.
The new council is in fact chaired by Bank of Namibia executive Florette Nakusera, while Humavindu was retained and will continue in a new role as vice-chairperson.
Humavindu was a part of the now-dissolved council which was ap-pointed in 2016 and is the only member that had been retained.
In June of this year, this publication had gleaned a series of scathing emails between Advocate Esi Schimming-Chase (the Chair-person at the time) and Joint Search Committee of Council and Sen-ate (JSCCS) member Humavindu as well as a junior lecturer.
Humavindu and the former chairperson seemed to be having friction with regards to whether acting vice-chancellor Morné Du Toit, and the registrar should be allowed to attend Council proceedings.
“Whether a Council meeting or JSCCS meeting takes place they must be there if it is to be a duly constituted meeting of the Council or JSCCS.
Otherwise the meetings you suggest are informal meetings, and in that case it would be sufficient if a meeting is arranged between the chancellor who is the legal titular head of NUST, the minis-ter, myself and the Vice Chair only,” Schimming-Chase wrote to Hu-mavindu.
As an intense disagreement between Itah Kandjii-Murangi, Minister of Higher education, Training and Innovation, and Schimming-Chase played out, Humavindu got accused of siding with the minister.
The new council is tasked with filling NUST’s vacant Vice-Chancellor position by February 2020.
Other council members are Conrad Lutombi, Elisabeth Ujarura Kamu-tuezu, Emma Kantema-Gaomas, Kadiva Hamutumwa, Tomas Indjii, Katri-na Thomas and City of Windhoek mayor Muesee Kazapua.
The new council has been appointed for a three-year period.