NBC Manager Gets Off the Hook

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By Chrispin Inambao WINDHOEK Mbeno Murangi, the manager responsible for transmitters at the NBC was eventually exonerated from some of the charges involving the alleged flouting of the regulations guiding the allocation of tenders for the installation of antennae at various stations. A shadow of suspicion has been hanging over the junior manager for the past few months over his alleged role in the allocation of a tender worth over a million dollars for the installation of antennas, according to well-placed sources within the state broadcaster. Initially the NBC charged him with flouting tender procedures and for submitting false information claiming Professional Communication Services (PCS) was the only firm that was qualified and that had the expertise to install the said antennas. But this transpired not to be the case and thus Murangi, like his superior Ruben Prinz the now reinstated NBC’s General Manager for Technical Services was only found guilty of a lesser charge following Saturday’s protracted disciplinary hearing. Before his reinstatement, Prinz was on suspension for suspected tender irregularities. Though Murangi referred all inquiries to his superiors who in turn failed to return the several messages left with their secretaries, sources said Murangi was given a written warning on the charges involving the circumventing of tender procedures. Another charge on which he was rebuked is the one of submitting information that was not true with regard to PCSs. But he completely got off the hook on the more serious charge that he apparently signed the contract worth over a million dollars for antennae. Elise Angula of Lorentz & Bone presided over Saturday’s hearing that lasted from morning until at night. Norman Tjombe, the Director of the Legal Assistance Centre represented the NBC while Jefta Tjitemisa defended the reinstated NBC official. *Meanwhile, several people short-listed for the position of the Director General that fell vacant after the resignation of Gerry Munyama late last year will be required to make PowerPoint presentations tomorrow. The NBC panel would also bombard the short-listed candidates with a list of questions on a variety of topics related to running an organisation of that magnitude.