NUNW demands Mbumba apologises for humiliation

15 Oct 2017 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 15 OCT (NAMPA) – The National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) is demanding an apology by Tuesday from Swapo party secretary general Nangolo Mbumba for allegedly provoking “malicious, deliberate and divisive” action to humiliate the union.
This followed a request for the union to leave the Swapo party Special Central Committee Meeting (CCM) held on Sunday at Parliament in the capital.
Both NUNW suspended president Ismael Kasuto and current president Peter Nevonga were asked to leave the meeting which was set to elect candidates for the party’s top four positions ahead of the congress in November.
Addressing a media conference on Sunday, NUNW secretary general Job Muniaro said the union members who attended the meeting had mixed feelings, adding that their fate was sealed and equalled the apartheid era where decisions were unilaterally imposed with impunity.
According to Muniaro, the union wrote two letters to the party - one informing it of the removal of Kasuto as president, and the other of the nomination of Nevonga as the new replacement for the Swapo party Central Committee Meeting.
However, despite the communication, Muniaro said Mbumba still wrote to Kasuto addressing him as the NUNW president and inviting him to attend the CCM on Sunday.
“The exclusion of the NUNW from the CCM despite the office of the Swapo party SG having been duly notified of the legitimacy of NUNW representation is a clear message of the degree of intimidation meted out at members of the party’s CCM,” he said.
He further added that the NUNW took Mbumba’s failure to table the communications as testimony to exclude workers from the democratic processes.
“He was asked to acknowledge or deny whether he has received those correspondences – he was mute. It means that he had malicious intent to do that,” Muniaro said.
Muniaro added that having pretended not to have received instructive correspondence from the NUNW, shows that Mbumba misled and misdirected the proceedings of both key structures.
“NUNW demands that Swapo party SG admits that he misled the party’s CCM and Politburo; and that he should apologise to the workers unconditionally within three days from the date of this statement,” he said.
The union threatened that failure to apologise would result in “drastic steps in terms of the union’s constitution”, and such measures would be communicated to Mbumba through the media because he failed to respond to official correspondences.