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Court orders Windhoek council to decide on Kanime suspension

Court orders Windhoek council to decide on Kanime suspension

Suspended City police Abraham Kanime. Video: Eba Kandovazu

Eba Kandovazu
THE High court this morning ordered that Windhoek councillors decide amongst themselves whether or not the suspension of City Police Chief Abraham Kanime will be uplifted.
Judge Herald Gier has given the councilors until 22 May to ensure that a meeting is convened.
Kanime this morning approached the high court with an urgent application seeking an order declaring that his suspension has become unnecessary, unlawful and of no force and effect.
Kanime, through his Lawyer Sisa Namandje, further sought an order setting aside his suspension and directing him to commence his work as Head of City Police. He was suspended in March last year. In November, a disciplinary hearing was held, during which a number of charges against him were withdrawn.
According to Kanime, the complete refusal by the City of Windhoej (CoW) CEO Robert Kahime to continue and finalise the disciplinary hearing is a shameful act of abhorrent administrative injustices.
Judge Gier also ordered that the councillors decide on a suitable date for the continuation of the disciplinary proceedings, citing that there has been an extraordinary delay on the councillors’ part.
Kanime’s troubles began when he allegedly took Kahimise to court for interfering with his duties during the demolition of illegal shacks at Otjomuise’s 8se and 7de Laan. It is reported that Kanime used CoW funds to pay for legal costs.
Earlier this year, President Hage Geingob requested CoW to reinstate Kanime and Kahimise, who was also suspended for allegedly signing off his study loan when it was not approved by council. The loan was approximately N$200 000.
Advocate Raymond Heathcote is representing the Council and Kahimise, who are the respondents.

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