Sam Shivute

NamRa tax fraud increases to N$36 million<br>…10 criminal cases registered

NamRa tax fraud increases to N$36 million
…10 criminal cases registered

Obrein Simasiku About N$36 million has been discovered through a high level 90-day investigation to have been defrauded from the Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRA) through provisional tax refunds, a double increase from the N$15 million announced earlier in March, before the agency moved to effect a moratorium on refunds in an effort to crack down on fraudsters. The moratorium has however been lifted as of today, according to NamRa's commissioner Sam Shivute, who said the agency is now working towards cracking down on those involved and recoup the misappropriated millions. The investigations began in March when it was discovered that…
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No refund claims until June ..as NamRA detects tax refund scam worth N$15m

No refund claims until June ..as NamRA detects tax refund scam worth N$15m

Tujoromajo Kasuto The Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRA) has uncovered a tax refund scam involving N$15 million paid out to 122 taxpayers. The agency has initiated what could be its first major fraud investigation and has announced that significant progress and discoveries have been made. It announced that no refund claims will be processed for provisional taxpayers until 30 June 2022. The moratorium will however not affect tax refund claims of other tax types such as individual taxpayers and value added tax claims. NamRA commissioner, Sam Shivute says that they have already opened criminal cases against identified suspects, while the administrative…
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Board members mass exodus on the horizon  …as new cabinet directive takes effect

Board members mass exodus on the horizon …as new cabinet directive takes effect

Andrew Kathindi, Tujoromajo Kasuto State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) could see a mass exodus in the following months and years, with a new Cabinet directive baring Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of SOEs serving on the board of other SOEs. The development was confirmed by Public Enterprises Minister, Leon Jooste. The new directive is the reason why Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRA) Commissioner, Sam Shivute, will not be considered for reappointment as board Chairperson of the National Housing Enterprise (NHE). Shivute had previously admitted failure during his tenure at the NHE, which is currently faced with a leadership crisis pitting senior management against…
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I have failed – Sam Shivute . . . as employees demand NHE CEO exit

I have failed – Sam Shivute . . . as employees demand NHE CEO exit

Kandjemuni Kamuiiri and Rose-Mary Haufiku National Housing Enterprise (NHE) Board Chairperson, Sam Shivute, has admitted failure in providing low cost housing. The admittance by the recently appointed NamRA Commissioner comes as the NHE is in crisis over the Board’s decision to renew Chief Executive Officer(CEO), Gisbertus Mukulu’s term for another five years amid allegations of incompetence. The former Okahao Town council CEO was appointed in 2016 without Cabinet’s approval, amidst assertion that former Omusati Governor, former Local Government minister, and current Swapo Secretary General, Sophia Shaningwa, had a hand in the appointment. “Yes, we did not build the 1250 houses…
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NHE board calls for crisis meeting

NHE board calls for crisis meeting

Maria Hamutenya and Andrew Kathindi The National Housing Enterprise (NHE) Board has scheduled a crisis meeting with the organisation’s managers following the surfacing of a damning letter where they accused Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Gisbertus Mukulu, of incompetence. In the letter, company management stated that the employment contract of the CEO must not be renewed when it ends on 30 June, pointing out that since the appointment of Makulu as CEO, the NHE failed to achieve two critical objectives of its strategic plan, growing the loan book and building 1250 houses annually. According to the approved NHE strategic plan 2017-2022…
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A tax policeman is not the solution

Sam Shivute is the new Commissioner for the Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRA). The agency has no empowering legislation and is not yet operational. Hiring a tax enforcer at a time of extreme financial distress in the Namibian economy is ill-advised. Namibia is in serious financial trouble. Business and government must work hand-in-hand to save the economy. The government must not use a tax policeman to bash businesses on the head and then demand private sector participation in economic recovery. And yet, Shivute when stating his commitment to building a credible and trusted tax collections institution said that the tax and…
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Sam Shivute vows zero tolerance for tax avoiders …as NamRA Act is still to be enacted

Sam Shivute vows zero tolerance for tax avoiders …as NamRA Act is still to be enacted

Andrew Kathindi Newly appointed Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRA) Commissioner, Sam Shivute has vowed zero tolerance for tax avoiders. He said he would not be intimidated in his pursuit of tax collection. This comes six years after it was alleged that Shivute’s tenure as the Commissioner for Inland Revenue in the Finance ministry came to an end when he pursued certain non-tax-compliant business people. It is alleged that he received personal threats as a result. “In NamRA, integrity and good ethics will be non-negotiable and there will be zero tolerance to corruption. We will endeavour to have the right staff, with…
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Shivute officially appointed NamRa boss

Shivute officially appointed NamRa boss

Staff Writer Sam Shivute has officially been appointed as the inaugural Commissioner of the Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRA) with effect from the 28th of September after cabinet chaired by President Hage Geingob approved his appointment. The development has resulted in Shivute resigning from the Bank of Namibia, where has held various positions since he joined in 2003 and with a farewell event was held in his honor on Wednesday. As head of NamRa, Shivute reports directly to Finance Minister Iipumbu Shiimi and the NamRA board of directors. Shuvute and Shiimi are former collogues at the central bank where the Finance…
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Shiimi pushes for Shivute at NamRA …as board remains in the dark

Shiimi pushes for Shivute at NamRA …as board remains in the dark

Staff Writer Bank of Namibia (BoN) Director of Banking Services, Sam Shivute is front runner to land the Commissioner position at the newly established Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRA) amid allegations that Finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi has deliberately pushed through the candidature of his former colleague in a questionable recruitment process. This comes as insiders revealed that Shiimi had forwarded three names for cabinet’s consideration, with Shivute scoring 20 points more than other candidates despite his lack of an accounting or tax background, a key requisite for the post. The scoring of the Shivute is said to have raised concern among…
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