22 Aug 2017 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 22 AUG (NAMPA) Suspended President of the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW), Ismael Kasuto claimed Wednesday that he was still president of the union as Saturdays meeting that removed him was unconstitutional.
In a statement to media on Tuesday, Kasuto said he still remains NUNW president as elected by the national congress that was held two years ago, 01 May 2015.
Kasuto was removed as president of the union with immediate effect as per resolution taken at a special central executive committee meeting of the NUNW which took place in the capital on Saturday.
'Im happy to have served the workers and should they (workers) feel that I should vacate the noble office, I would do so with dignity as I need to respect workers democracy, emphasised Kasuto.
But he pointed out that the call must come from a credible and constitutional structure and not a faction driven coup aimed at causing structural disruption.
However, a statement issued by the NUNW special meeting says Kasuto was suspended for alleged divisive tendencies characterised by tribal preferences which led to a lack of unity among industrial unions affiliated to the NUNW.
The statement also accuses Kasuto of alleged negligence through exposing the union to a lawsuit by one of its affiliates, the Mine Workers Union (MUN).
He was accused of being absent from court, although he knew that the federation was under attack.
However, Kasuto said the meeting that resolved to remove him as NUNW president was unconstitutional since the initial special central executive committee meeting was scheduled for 16 September to allow enough time for compilation of authentic financial records.
He accused the instigators of altering his invitation to the NUNW paid-up affiliates for the September meeting.
The content of the constitutional and prescriptive invite was never circulated to the affiliates but amended and re-signed by the SG as to suit those that dont pay their affiliation fees,Kasuto said.
NUNW Secretary-General, Job Muniaro when contacted for comment on Tuesday said he could not comment on things that he had not seen because he was currently out of town.
I have been out of town but I heard that there was something that was faxed to my office. I will only be able to comment when I read it, he said.