22nd Jan 2018 | Elizabeth Sasu
AUDIT firm Deloitte has recommended that the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) charges its suspended chief executive officer, Tamer El-Kallawi, and engineering department boss, Courage Silombela, for corruption over the awarding of tenders worth over N$360 million.
The state-owned company is responsible for managing eight airports across the country, but its existence has lately largely been dominated by allegations of corruption, bribery and fraud.
The new NAC board of directors, led by businessman Rodgers Kauta, cancelled several questionable contracts when they took charge of the parastatal last year.
The board is also going after officials responsible for alleged corruption. To achieve this, the board first suspended El-Kallawi and Silombela in June this year.
Kauta announced at the time that El-Kallawi and Silombela had been suspended on full pay, pending the outcome of a full investigation into alleged irregularities and corruption in the awarding of contracts worth over N$360 million, among others.
The board appointed audit firm Deloitte to investigate the duo.
“Due to the seriousness of the alleged transgressions and provisions of the disciplinary code, the board had no other choice than to place them under immediate suspension,” Kauta said.
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