By Petronella Sibeene WINDHOEK A meeting held with the Namibia Public Workers’ Union (Napwu) intended to resolve the exploitation of a vehicle scheme by some senior managers at the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) did not reap any fruit. A reliable source told New Era that despite the meeting convened to resolve the issue, the three suspects continue to abuse the vehicle scheme contrary to an agreement at the meeting directing them to stop the practice. In essence, three managers at NAC are alleged to have been benefiting from a twin vehicle scheme that has possibly cost the company a huge sum of money in maintenance and fuel costs. The internal top management seems to have failed to stop the three managers, which according to the source appears to be a matter of “scratch my back and I scratch yours”. “It seems they (senior managers) are scared to deal with these people in fear that they could also be involved in other schemes and they will be exposed,” the source told New Era. The Deputy Secretary General of the Namibia Public Worker’s Union (Napwu), Gabes Andimba confirmed that a meeting held in February had concluded that the three managers should stop exploiting the system. At the meeting, the three agreed that they were wrong and despite the expectation that they start acting according to what was agreed upon in a meeting, they are still being treated as if they are “innocent”. However, he was shocked when some NAC employees informed his office last week that the three continue to defy the resolution. Contacted for comment, the acting Chief Executive Officer at NAC Gregory Lukowski referred New Era to their legal representative Sacky Kadhila. Kadhila was also tight-lipped, saying he could not comment on the matter. According to sources within NAC, the company’s manager for technical services, Gabes Muteka, senior airport manager at Hosea Kutako International airport Henry Ngenomesho and Dirk Booysen, the manager at Walvis Bay Airport have been getting double benefits through the car scheme. Sources closely monitoring the suspect scheme say the trio bought vehicles under NAC’s vehicle scheme for its managers, but vehicles from the company’s fleet have been allocated to them 24 hours a day and seven days a week over the past few years. The trio are each paid a monthly vehicle allowance, but they continue to drive the allocated cars, reports say. Other employees driving NAC’s vehicles are on the other hand told to return the vehicles to the pool at the close of business. Sources say the three should be made to repay the company that has suffered massive fraud. NAC was previously rocked by a huge financial scandal after one of its employees allegedly embezzled in excess of N$7 million before committing suicide in a scam that saw several managers being axed. The findings of the forensic audit to get to the bottom of the multi-million-dollar fraud implicated several people who have since left the employ of the airports company. Sources say the twin vehicle scheme for the three managers has been a bone of contention within NAC for a while. Alternatively, the three could lodge claims for the kilometres clocked while driving the vehicles subsidised by the company that admits that it does not have an approved vehicle scheme.
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