NAPWU representative denies members' claims

14 Jan 2015 16:20pm
ONGWEDIVA, 14 JAN (NAMPA) – The representative of the Namibia Public Workers’ Union (NAPWU) in northern Namibia, Nelson Nghitaunapo has denied that he has ever promised improved conditions of employment to government administrative officers.
Nghitaunapo denied this when Nampa approached him on Monday to give a response to the officers’ claims that he, in November last year, promised them better conditions of employment, including bush allowance to officers and cleaners posted at Government institutions in the rural areas.
The officers told Nampa at Ondangwa last week that Nghitaunapo made the promise during several meetings he held at different school circuits in northern Namibia during the last elections' campaign.
Some of the officers claimed that they have voice-recorded Nghitaunapo with their mobile phones, especially on the day he held a meeting at the Ponhofi Senior Secondary School (SSS) at the Ohangwena Region’s border town of Helao Nafidi.
He allegedly promised that the officers and cleaners will be paid better salaries in November and December last year as part of the re-grading of salaries of public servants.
“It is incorrect to say I promised them that the government was going to pay them improved salaries, because I am not at liberty to make a promise of salary increments and bush allowances by the government,” Nghitaunapo stated.
He said the mobile phone voice recordings of him are not true.
“Let them play the voice they have recorded, but I believe it is the voice of somebody else who they are trying to link to me,” Nghitaunapo charged.
Administrative officers and cleaners from the northern regions gathered at Ondangwa's Oluno residential area a week ago, and resolved to demand a new annual salary notch of N.dollars 150 000 for Government administrative officers and N.dollars 70 000 for cleaners.
They also suggested that NAPWU leadership confirm by Wednesday this week whether it will take up their demands with the government.
The administrative officers Nampa spoke to at Oluno last Friday threatened to terminate their membership with NAPWU if the union's leadership continue ignoring their interest.