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Shivute appointed as Commissioner of Namibia Revenue Agency

Shivute appointed as Commissioner of Namibia Revenue Agency

The Finance Minister Iipumbu Shiimi recently appointed Sam Shivute as the founding Commissioner of the envisaged Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRA), effective Monday, 28 September.

In 2013 to 2014, Shivute, was seconded to the Receiver of Revenue as Acting Commissioner for a period of no less than 18 months. A law graduate and qualified Detective with several accredited management development training, he served as a Director of Banking Services Department at the Bank of Namibia since 2012, on the back of his previous work experience at the Bank of Namibia and the security sector. He also served as an Acting Commissioner of Revenue.

The NamRA board is chaired by Stefan Hugo, with Ebson Uanguta serving as his deputy. Other board members include, Junius Vetumbuavi Mungunda, Foibe Namene, Sakaria Nghikembwa and Penda Ithindi.

The NamRA Act was passed in 2017 and the appointment of the NamRA Board took place in 2018. NamRA will constitute a transformation of the current Department of Inland Revenue and the Directorate of Customs and Excise into a new semi-autonomous Revenue Agency, outside the public service.

While NamRA is being established, Shivute as Commissioner will not have tax administration powers. Such powers will continue to be vested in the Commissioner of Revenue and Commissioner of Customs and Excise. The official date of commencement of NamRA’s operations is yet to be announced.


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