Two PSes demand their jobs back

April 10, 2015, 8:36am

Two PSes demand their jobs back

By Tileni Mongudhi

PERMANENT secretaries Joseph Iita and Erastus Negonga had given government until 10h00 yesterday to reinstate them or face a legal challenge, claiming that they have been treated with “raw cruelty”.
The duo is being represented by lawyer Sisa Namandje who wrote a letter to Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, on Wednesday, making the demands.
Namandje informed Kuugongelwa-Amadhila that his clients had instructed him to file an urgent application if their demands are ignored. The urgent application will be filed next week if yesterday's deadline is not met. 
Namandje said his clients did not get a six-month notice to the date of their contracts expiring. The decision was also supposed to have been made by Cabinet. 
Sources said Negonga challenged the Secretary to Cabinet to provide him with a Cabinet decision not to renew his contract but was not provided with such. 
According to Namandje, both his clients informed government during December that they would arrange their affairs on the basis that their contracts would be extended beyond 20 March this year. 
Their December correspondence was ignored and government did not inform them them six months earlier that their contracts would not be renewed. 
“It appears, whether or not the prescribed procedure was followed, you were determined to have our clients leave the public service in the most cruel manner.
“The procedure and manner adopted by yourself in purportedly terminating our clients' contracts was degrading, humiliating and unfair in monumental proportions,” read Namandje's letter that added that his clients were treated in a manner lacking civility. 
Namandje said his clients did not only fight for the liberation of this country under the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (Plan) but also contributed to nation building after independence in their roles as senior government administrators. 
It is for this reason that both Negonga and Iita expected to be treated reasonably and fairly and not in a manner disrespectful to their dignity, the letter further said. 
“Our clients are deeply aggrieved by your conduct. In fact, they are shocked,” he said. 
The two received their employment termination letters last Thursday, in which they were referred to as former permanent secretaries. 
Namandje confirmed the letter but did not comment further. Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said she has “not received any letter from any lawyer concerning that matter.” She referred questions regarding the deployment of permanent secretaries to Secretary to Cabinet George Simataa. 
Simataa also said he had not yet received Namandje's letter.
The Namibian