Labour Ministry to submit report on faeces' incident to Pohamba

19 Jun 2013 08:50
WINDHOEK, 19 JUN (NAMPA) ? The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare will submit its report to President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Wednesday with regards to a recent incident involving an employee who unknowingly disposed faeces of her Chinese employers.
The Public Relations Officer of the Labour Ministry, Paulus Ashipala told Nampa upon enquiry that officials of his ministry carried out an investigation into the matter after it was reported in a local daily.
?The report with these findings will be submitted to President Pohamba today. We cannot reveal our findings at this stage,? he noted.
The report was set to be handed over by the Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Alpheus Muheua, after which it would be studied by the Head of State. Pohamba is then expected to pronounce himself on the matter.
A local daily reported on Monday that in total defiance of Pohamba's recent call, another Namibian employed by a ?China shop? owner was unknowingly made to carry the faeces of her supervisor on Saturday, 15 June.
Asteria Shivute reportedly made the disturbing discovery at the weekend, while she was carrying out her routine task of taking the shop's rubbish out in Windhoek's Northern Industrial Area.
The incident happened at shop number 16 at China Town, it was said.
Shivute, who hails from Oshikuku and has been working at the shop for five months on a salary of N.dollars 450 a month, said she only made the discovery while she was separating the paper and plastic rubbish.
Meanwhile, this incident follows another in March this year when a Chinese supervisor of a shop situated in Otjiwarongo's Central Business District allegedly relieved herself in plastic bags, and then asked her staff to discard it.
A former worker of Nand Chinese Shop, Emma Kadhidhi told Nampa at the time that she was fired on 28 February this year after she refused to pick up one of the plastic bags filled with human waste.
She said she had been expected to discard the bags every morning and afternoon since joining that shop as a floor assistant on 07 July 2012.
She had to discard this human waste in a municipal refuse bin, situated some 50 metres from the shop.
After that incident in May this year, Pohamba condemned Chinese nationals who relieve themselves in plastic bags and order their Namibian employees to discard the bags of faeces and urine in public refuse bins.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Omafo-Outapi tarmac road at the Engela village in the Ohangwena Region earlier, an angry Pohamba described the faeces? incident in Otjiwarongo as a ?mistake?.
?One Chinese national at Otjiwarongo made a mistake, which tarnished the good name of China by relieving (herself) in a plastic bag in a shop and trying to use Namibians to remove the bag. They should stop this forthwith,? Pohamba charged.
He stressed that any Chinese national or anybody else who tried to treat Namibian employees in a similar manner would be dealt with effectively.