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Engineering Council of Namibia registrar temporarily suspended

The registrar of the Engineering Council of Namibia (ECN), Charles Mukwaso, was temporarily suspended last Friday for alleged misconduct.

This is according to a media statement released on Friday by council president Sophia Tekie directed to all council members and Minister of Works and Transport, John Mutorwa.

According to the statement the council, in an extraordinary meeting held on 31 May 2023, resolved to temporarily suspend Mukwaso with full pay, pending an investigation into various allegations of misconduct.

“Please be reminded that a finding has not been made against the registrar and his temporary suspension is therefore not a punitive measure taken against him,” Tekie said.

She, however, added that it is the council’s view that the temporary suspension is necessary in order to properly investigate the complaints levelled against Mukwaso.

“Rest assured that the ECN will continue with all normal administrative and routine work without interruption,” the statement reads.

It further states that the administrative duties of the registrar will be carried out by the administrative staff, assisted by council members, until the matter is resolved.

Mukwaso also serves as the president of the Namibian Society of Engineers (Nase).

HANDS OFF HIM

Nase, however, in a media statement on Tuesday expressed their disappointment and concern, and strongly condemned the suspension of Mukwaso.

The statement noted that Mukwaso has been an exceptional voice for the engineering profession in Namibia, demonstrating unwavering commitment and selflessness in his service to other engineers in the country.

“This includes his innovative and transformational achievements at the ECN amidst challenging conditions, limited resources and inadequate support,” the statement reads.

It further notes that Mukwaso’s efforts have been invaluable in advancing the interests of all engineers, promoting the growth of the profession, uplifting and opening up life-changing opportunities for young engineers, removing obstacles for registration, and ensuring competence across the board.

“His work has reverberated even beyond the borders of Namibia, where our country now towers high due to the reach of his persistent hand to have Namibia counted among other nations in engineering,” it reads.

According to the statement, Nase has it on good authority that the allegations have been fabricated and crimes may have been committed in crafting them.

“It is our view therefore that the latest actions are desperate attempts to silence Mukwaso and divert attention from unfolding events,” the statement notes.