The Board of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation has recommended that its chairperson, Ponhele ya France, be dismissed, writes Christof Maletsky in The Namibian.


Well-placed sources in the Ministry of Information confirmed yesterday that the Board decided to ignore a letter sent to them by Ya France's lawyers, Metcalfe Legal Practitioners, who requested more detail on the charges put to their client as well as an extension of the deadline for reply.

On Thursday the Board passed a vote of no confidence and gave Ya France 48 hours to respond to "several burning issues" before making a final move.

They accused Ya France of "unbecoming behaviour" after recent newspaper reports in which he claimed to have been dismissed by Information Minister Joel Kaapanda.

They also claimed that Ya France went on an unauthorised trip to the Ohangwena Region and claimed subsistence and travel allowances.

Another allegedly unauthorised trip was the one to the Heroes' Day celebrations in August last year in which he had claimed allowances of N$7,24 per kilometre – amounting to a whopping N$11 584.

The Namibian has it on good authority that Ya France's lawyers responded to the Board's demand that he must answer to the charges.

However, the lawyers wanted to get more detail on the charges and asked for an extension of the 48-hour deadline to consider their case.

The Board reportedly decided to ignore the lawyers' request and have forwarded a recommendation to Kaapanda to dismiss Ya France.

Last week, acting Board chairperson Frieda Shimbuli said claims by Ya France that he had been dismissed by Minister Kaapanda were proven to be wrong.

Click here to read the full report, posted on the Nambian's website.