Mun Members At Loggerheads With Leadership

23 May 2013 06:38

KEETMANSHOOP, 21 MAY (NAMPA) ? Some members of the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) have threatened to discontinue the payment of their monthly membership contributions in protest of the goings-on within the union leadership.
Issues of maladministration and ugly leadership battles and/or power struggles which have allegedly surfaced within the union in recent months, are but some of the allegations that the members are said to be unhappy about.
A media statement issued on Monday by MUN Oranjemund branch chairman Shavuka Mbidhi accused the new MUN president Ismael Kasuto of blatant disrespect for members, violation of the union constitution and non-compliance with the recent extraordinary congress resolutions.
?Members are fed-up, and they want to stop paying their monthly membership fees to the MUN until their demands are met. Branches such as Namdeb, De Beers, Rosh Pinah, Smerta in Tsumeb and B&E are fed-up,? the media statement read.
Following the suspension of former MUN president John Ndeutepo last year, the members called for an extraordinary congress on 13 April 2013, and decided to dissolve the entire National Executive Committee (NEC) and elect new leaders.
According to Mbidhi, the dissolution of the old committee became necessary because there was just too much infighting within the NEC.
However, things quickly took a nasty turn as Kasuto allegedly decided to ignore the congress resolutions, and instead instructed the dissolved NEC members to remain in their positions.
?The whole national executive committee of MUN was removed recently at the extra-ordinary congress of last month. But to the members? surprise, Kasuto connived with this clique of fired NEC members, and decided that they are not fired and will remain in office,? Mbidhi charged.
Shavuka said Namdeb members alone contribute N.dollars 150 000 per month to the MUN in membership fees. Thus, the decision to withdraw their contributions will have a huge impact on the union?s finances.
In response, Kasuto acknowledged receiving the letter of complaint from Shavuka, and said the decision to retain the NEC members was supported by the majority of the leadership at regional level. Thus, it does not violate the union?s constitution.
?If the regions did not object to the decision, who is Shavuka to say it is in violation of the union constitution? He must give facts to prove his statements,? Kasuto replied.