Staff Writer

National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor) has announced it has shortlisted nine candidates for the vacant Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position and plans to appoint a candidate next month.

The company has been operating without a substantive CEO since December 2019, following the suspension and subsequent arrest of Mike Nghipunya last February after being implicated in the Fishrot scandal, resulting in his employment termination last November.

“The position was advertised in November and closed on the 27 November 2020. The Board is conscious that the CEO search process is not hastened nor slowed, taking into account the December 2020 and early part of January 2021 season, the Board met on the 14 January, 2021, and has appraised on the full list of all those employed, and busy with the psychometric assessment of the nine candidates. Interviews are scheduled this month and the Board aims to complete the appointment of the Chief Executive Officer by March 2021,” Heinrich Mihe Gaomab II, Chairman of the Temporary Fishcor Board of Directors said.

He said although the company was still engaging the Fisheries ministry to secure a new quota, it auctioned off 3 000 Metric tonnes of Hake last month for the sole purpose of employee sustenance, ensured financial obligations and to address urgent overhead expenses.

“The Board has secured all workers at Lüderitz processing plant of over 820, and that of Walvis Bay of over 650 to Tunacor and has not retrenched any workers to date. The Board has continued on a consistent basis during these trying times, and remains committed to address challenges faced at Fishcor with a compassionate and humane understanding of the situation at the moment, whilst cognisant of addressing the strategic, executive and operational challenges currently faced with respect to FISCHCOR,” Gaomab II said.