Update: Namandje issues Kasuto an ultimatum

22 Aug 2017 20:10pm
WINDHOEK, 22 AUG (NAMPA) – Lawyer Sisa Namandje has issued an ultimatum to recently dismissed National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) President, Ismael Kasuto to immediately vacate the office.
In a letter addressed to Kasuto Tuesday, Namandje said he should vacate the office of the presidency as per resolution of the special central executive committee meeting held on Saturday, 19 August.
“We advise that you have no rights whatsoever to represent to any organisation or public that you are still the President of NUWN,” said Namandje in the letter which also advised Kasuto to freely challenge his removal at any appropriate forum as it was not a law.
Namandje warned Kasuto that any action from him which includes authorising communication on behalf of the NUNW will result into an urgent application in the High Court.
“If you do not make an undertaking by close of business on 23 August 2017 that you will not, in future, carry out activities in the name of our client, we will bring an urgent application next week in the High Court for an interdict.
“We will seek a punitive order against you should court be approached,” warns the letter.
Kasuto was removed as NUNW president on Saturday on allegations of “divisive tendencies characterised by tribal preferences” which led to a lack of unity among industrial unions affiliated to the NUNW.
In addition, he was accused of negligence and exposing the federation (NUNW) to a lawsuit and for being absent from court, while knowing that the federation “was under attack” by one of its affiliates the Mine Workers Union (MUN).
Contacted for comment, Kasuto confirmed receiving the letter from Namandje saying that he will reply to the letter because “it is part of the circus”.
“If they feel [they want] to take me to court let them take me to court,” he said.