MeatCo Board should work in favour of company

22 Feb 2017 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 22 FEB (NAMPA) – Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa urged the Meat Corporation of Namibia (MeatCo) Board of Directors to avoid misunderstandings and misinterpretations that, in most cases, injure the company.
Mutorwa made the appeal when he announced the appointment of two new board members here on Tuesday.
They are Stephanus Oosthuizen and Mushokobanji Mwilima.
The other members are Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, Ronald Kubas, Ismael Ngangene and Sophia Kasheeta, who all served on the previous board.
The board will serve for three years.
The minister said the board members should know that the powers and duties of MeatCo’s Board of Directors and that of its chief executive officer are not the same.
“The board shall be the governing body of the corporation,” said Mutorwa.
He expressed confidence in the team and noted that he expects them to discharge their national duties and legal responsibility, individually and collectively.
“The board is accountable to the line minister and I am reporting to the President, Cabinet and Parliament and the people of Namibia.”
Mutorwa said a chairperson could not be elected because Namundjebo-Tilahun is in the United States of America writing examinations.
The minister appointed the board, following legal advice on the reappointment of board members for a period of six months which was not done procedurally.
Mutorwa evoked the Meat Corporation of Namibia Act 5, 2001 Section 4, which stipulates that if a nomination is not received by the minister within the specified period from the interest group concerned, the minister may appoint such persons.
“On the 04 January 2017 there were was no board members. My partner, the Minister of Public Enterprises Leon Jooste, and the lawyers advised me to evoke the Act, which I did because I trust them,” he explained.
Mutorwa said the action of some MeatCo members proceeding with an illegal meeting on 12 August 2016 made the nominations for board members invalid, because the chairperson was not present.