Kasuto removed as NUNW president

20 Aug 2017 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 20 AUG (NAMPA) – The special Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting of the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) here on Saturday resolved to remove Ismael Kasuto as president of the union with immediate effect.
A media statement issued by the NUNW on the same day said the union leader was amongst others removed because of his inability to uphold the aims and objectives of the union as stated in its constitution, and his failure to hold NUNW structural meetings and implement national congress resolutions.
Other reasons include Kasuto’s “divisive tendencies characterised by tribal preferences” which led to a lack of unity among industrial unions affiliated to the NUNW, the statement said.
It also said his negligence exposed the federation to a lawsuit and he was then absent from court, knowing that the federation “was under attack” by the Mine Workers Union (MUN) as one of its affiliate unions. This, the statement said, resulted in the president failing to ensure that remedial steps were taken to defend the union.
It further stated that Kasuto acted with gross negligence and to the detriment of the NUNW, which was “left defenceless and exposed”.
Kasuto was recalled from all structures or organisations where he served on the ticket of NUNW. He was elected NUNW president in July 2015 after leading the MUN as president since April 2013.
NUNW Secretary-General, Job Muniaro in an interview on Sunday said he is unable to comment on the lawsuit, but said: “We took each other to court and the case was thrown out because there was no relevance in the case. It was about fees”.