Minister appoints new boxing board

05 Sep 2016 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 05 SEP (NAMPA) – Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Jerry Ekandjo on Monday appointed a new Namibian Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NPBWCB) with immediate effect on a three-year term.
The appointment is in line with the Boxing Act of 1980 Section (4) section (I) sub section (ii), which the minister admitted was outdated.
The new board members are Ellison Hijarunguru, who was re-appointed as chairperson of the board; Ronald Kurtz, a lawyer by profession; Philip Mwandingi, a labour consultant; Dr Kenny Hepundjua, a medical doctor; and Victoria Hamunyela, a financial and marketing expert.
Ekandjo said no specific targets were set for the incoming board, but he hoped they would improve the standard of boxing in Namibia.
“With your expertise, I am confident that you will work hard to improve boxing in this country. I expect you to be fair in your handling of boxing issues,” he said.
On the outdated Act that still governs the sport, the minister revealed that the previous board made significant strides in drafting a new Act that will replace the old one.
“We have a blueprint of a new Act which is still at the technical level of development. Once we have completed all the consultations, we will take it to Cabinet for approval. The old Act still talks about South West Africa in reference to Namibia and refers to the administrator general which we assume is the minister. Clearly it needs to go,” he added.
Hijarunguru, who is the longest serving boxing board member, thanked the minister on behalf of all the board members.
“We are grateful for the trust and belief you have shown in appointing us to the board of the boxing control board. We promise to work hard and improve boxing and we will not disappoint you,” he said.
Ekandjo revealed during the appointment ceremony that the previous board’s term of office expired in March this year, meaning the NPBWCB was operating without a substantive board.