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CITY Police chief Abraham Kanime says he is not a job seeker because he was on the verge of retirement when the city council approached him to stay.
This comes after Kanime's urgent application, in which he was seeking to review and set aside a council resolution that he reapply for his post, was struck from the court roll with costs.
Kanime said he was on his way out but the previous council approached home with an annual package of nearly N$2,5 million.
In April, The Namibian reported that Kanime had to reapply for his position after the court ordered that his three-year extension, which was approved by the previous council, was illegal. The resolution passed by the new council earlier this year confirmed this.
“I was approached to be here. I am not a job seeker. I don't need the job. I have many things to do, people to see and places to go,” he stated.
He said the only reason he wakes up and goes to the office is his contract.
“With my retirement, they approached me. That contract is running. I am only here because of that contract,” he said.
In an email seen by The Namibian, City of Windhoek legal advisers told the acting chief executive officer to remind Kanime that the municipality will not pay the costs that the court has instructed him to pay for the lawyers of the opposing counsel.
“We are of the view that owing to the fact no authority was granted to the head [Kanime] to bring the application in his official capacity, such costs cannot be recovered from the funds of the municipality police service,” the email stated.
It further reads: “We advise that a directive be issued to the head to refrain from causing payment of legal fees.”
This is the result of an application instituted by previous Popular Democratic Movement council member Ignatius Semba, who asked the High Court to stop the council from implementing a decision to reappoint Kanime as head of the Windhoek City Police.
Court documents seen by The Namibian, which date to last November, show that Semba and the council reached an agreement that Kanime's extension was unlawful and the post needs to be advertised.
The council was ordered to reappoint Kanime in accordance with the municipal police services regulations, which means his position needs to be re-advertised.
According to a source within the municipality, council is yet to discuss when Kanime will vacate his position and the position advertised.
He states that the decision made was in conflict with the provisions of the Municipal Police Service Regulations of the Police Act, 19 of 1990.
However, Kanime's application was struck from the roll because it was not considered urgent, therefore, the merit of his case was not considered.
In his founding affidavit, Kanime wanted the court to grant an interim interdict to prevent the council from implementing the resolution.
Journalist at The Namibian