Tjihumino Back at Finance

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By Kuvee Kangueehi WINDHOEK The Accountant General in the Ministry of Finance Maru Tjihumino was reinstated on Monday after the ministry decided to lift his suspension. Tjihumino, who is also the chairman of the GIPF Board of Trustees was suspended last year October on a host of charges. Permanent Secretary at Finance, Calle Schlettwein told New Era yesterday that the ministry decided to reinstate Tjihumino after they received legal advice that the High Court is of the opinion that everybody should be given a hearing before being suspended. He noted that the charges against Tjihumino have not been dropped and the disciplinary hearing will still go ahead. The Permanent Secretary added that Tjihumino has asked for a postponement and they are waiting for his legal representative to set the date for the matter. The main charge against Tjihumino is that he operated, without the approval of the Prime Minister, a private agency or private work, namely Namibian Horizon Transport whilst in the employ of the Public Service. The second charge is that he conducted himself in a disgraceful, improper or unbecoming manner when he involved himself in financial dealings with Global Vision Trust and Circle Investments that caused embarrassment to the Government or the Public Service. Finance also laid an alternative charge to the second charge against Tjihumino, which states that he contravened or failed to comply with a provision relating to his employment when he failed to maintain the highest standard of conduct, efficiency and personal be-haviour to ensure that the Public Service is beyond reproach when he involved himself in the financial dealings with Global Vision Trust and Circle Investments. The ministry also claims that Tjihumino brought his private interest into conflict with his public duty when he caused a reasonable suspicion by allowing his private interest to come into conflict with his public duty and thereby his usefulness to the Public Service was impaired. He also allegedly used his public position to gain a personal advantage when he got himself involved in the dealings of the two companies. The third charge against Tjihumino is that on June 17, he demanded from or caused Brett Jolly from Global Vision Trust to pay a commission, fee or reward of N$5 000 to which he was not entitled by virtue of his office and failed to report to the Permanent Secretary concerned. Richard Metcalfe from Metcalfe Legal Practitioners is representing Tjihumino.

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