Boxing Board gets higher sitting fees than sports commissioners

09 Mar 2017 12:50pm
By Hesron Kapanga
WINDHOEK, 09 MAR (NAMPA) – The Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) will review the sitting fees of directors of sports federations when the commission’s new Chief Administrator, Freddy Mwiya starts his job on 01 April 2017.
The position has been vacant since 2013, when Rusten Mogane left unceremoniously because of financial irregularities related to his salary.
Acting Chief Administrator, Peter Wilson told Nampa on enquiry Wednesday that as custodians of sports in Namibia, the commission has put it on its agenda to review federations’ use of public funds, including sitting fees for board members.
Wilson said commissioners may not meet more than six times and not less than four times per year.
He said the nine commissioners get N.dollars 795 per sitting, except the chairperson who gets N.dollars 900 per sitting.
In contrast, the five members of the Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NPBWCB) directors each receive N.dollars 5 000 per meeting.
This, Wilson said, needs urgent review.
“When we came in as commissioners we found all this in place as these were documents that were already signed by the public commissioner, but we are busy with our Sports Act review which will fix all this,” he said.
NPBWCB spokesperson, Ronnie Kurtz said boxing board members “claim a reasonable fee” of N.dollars 5 000 per sitting.
Kurtz said during a media briefing last month that since their appointment in September last year, they sat 13 times and have each received N.dollars 35 000.
At the same meeting, it was revealed that the Board’s private secretary gets N.dollars 1 500 per sitting to take minutes.
Wilson said the boxing board’s sitting fees are not right for an institution that does not make a profit and mostly depends on Government funding to run their operations.
He said the commission is waiting for Mwiya to start the review so he can be up to speed on all decisions taken with regards to how federations use the money allocated to them.
“If need be, we can put better measures in place on how public funds should be used when paying board members if the federation fully depends on Government for funding,” he said.
He added that the NPBWCB was established by an Act of Parliament just like the commission, and gets its funds directly from the Directorate of Sport.
Before that the commission processed the boxing board’s monthly grants.
“We however stopped this in 2016 when we realised we were all established through the same Act of Parliament. Despite being established by the same Act, they still fall under the commission since we are the custodian of sports in the country,” Wilson said.