WINDHOEK, 19 OCT (NAMPA) -
Raimo Hausiku is the new president of the Mineworkers' Union of Namibia (MUN). Hausiku, who is Rössing MUN Branch Secretary, and several others were elected at the union's 11th National Congress in the capital on Saturday.
He told Nampa it was an unexpected election. "It's not something that I wanted to achieve personally but being elected as the union?s president has to do with what the members have seen in me. But apart from everything, it is all about serving - we serve our people, we serve the members to the best of our abilities, which is the thing I have at heart," said Hausiku.
Asked what new ideas he has for the union, Hausiku said the union is not about new ideas since the basis of the union's structure has already been set, but it is all about addressing the challenges facing the union.
He highlighted some pressing issues such as people losing their jobs, retrenchment and the ever-changing market. Outgoing president, Ismael Kasuto said the congress was held in very good spirit, and the election was democratic as welcomed by all members.
Densley Somseb was elected as vice-president, replacing Michelle !Gontes, while Jackie Karumbo was elected secretary, deputised by Paulus Namwandi who retained his position. Ebben Zarondo also retained his position as secretary-general, deputised by Paulus Situmba.
The members kept their trust in Fredrick Kashimba as treasurer and his deputy Sara Kandapo.