Mutorwa wants good working relationship with Meatco Board

04 Oct 2013 09:50
WINDHOEK, 04 OCT (NAMPA) - The Minister of Agriculture Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa has called on Meatco’s newly-appointed Board of Directors not to misconstrue his recommendations and advice to the corporation as interference.
Mutorwa was speaking at the inaugural meeting of the Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco)’s new Board of Directors here on Friday.
The new Board consists of Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun as Chairperson and Diethelm Metger as Vice Chairperson; as well as Sophia Nangula Kasheeta, Israel Itamunua Ngangane, Charles /Urib and Ronald Leonard Kubas.
Namundjebo-Tilahun replaces Clara Bohitile, whose term expired at the end of August this year.
Mutorwa made reference to Section 10 (1), (2) and (3) of the Meatco Act of 2001, which he said gives him powers to make recommendations to and advise the Board “as a matter of courtesy and ethical and good governance”.
“The Board members should turn down recommendations from the minister on the basis of objective facts... In the past some Meatco Board members misunderstood the power of the minister,” he said, adding that the Board members “did not even objectively scrutinise the recommendations made by him as they regarded him as interfering in their businesses”.
Mutorwa went on to say it is very important that the Meatco Board and the ministry develop a healthy working relationship from the onset.
“It is my assigned duty to urge the newly appointed Board members to get acquainted with all 34 sections of the Meat Corporation of Namibia Act, 2001 (Act number 1 of 2001), and the relevant provisions of the State-Owned Enterprises Governance Act, 2006 (Act number 6 of 2006) as from today onwards,” he said.
The new Board members are expected to serve in their positions on Meatco’s highest decision-making body for a period of three years.
The previous members’ term of office expired at the end of August this year.