Eba Kandovazu

THE City of Windhoek (CoW) has recommended current Otjiwarongo Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Moses Matyayi, and Roads Authority CEO, Conrad Lutombi, as the top two candidates for the position of CEO, Windhoek Observer Newspaper is reliably informed.

A source at CoW reveals that the names of Lutombi and Matyayi have been forwarded to the Management Council, who will then forward a name for recommendation to the Council. Council, according to the source will then decide whether or not to accept the preferred candidate. The name will then be forwarded to the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, for endorsement.
“The minister can accept or decline. If he declines, the process will then start over again,” the source says.

CoW Spokesperson, Harold Akwenye, on his part explains that the process is a lengthy one. “It is still a long way to go. If Management Council approves, they will recommend to council. Council seats once every month,” Akwenye adds.

Akwenye further explains that due to the nature of the lengthy process, it is not certain when exactly the CEO will be in office.

Matyayi and Lutombi were shortlisted for the position alongside Deputy Executive Director at the Ministry of Works and Transport, Joyce Mukubi, Chief Business Unit Executive at NamWater, Eino Mvula, and Researcher Charmill Zamuee. The candidates publicly presented their motivations in September. A total of 59 candidates unsuccessfully applied for the job.

Contacted for comment, Matyayi says he has not been made aware that his name made it to the final selection process. Lutombi could not be reached for comment. Acting CoW CEO, George Muyumbelo, says the recruitment and selection process included background checks, psychometric assessments and structured interviews, which were conducted in closed sessions.