High Court rules Kasuto out of NUNW

26 Oct 2017 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 26 OCT (NAMPA) – The Windhoek High Court on Thursday issued a court order interdicting Ismael Kasuto not to conduct himself as president of the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW).
According to the court order issued by Judge Boas Usiku, the former NUNW president, who was ousted on 19 August this year for alleged gross negligence and divisive tendencies, should not directly or indirectly interfere with the activities of the union, nor enter the office premises of the union without permission.
The order further prohibits Kasuto from using the letterhead of the union.
He was further instructed to pay the full legal costs for both legal practitioners of the NUNW.
Speaking to Nampa after the court ruling, Kasuto indicated that he would appeal the order made against him after studying the ruling.
“It was never an issue of the NUNW against Kasuto. On 21 October 2017, the NUNW pronounced itself that it never took me to court so the structure that brought the issue to court is under question,” he said.
He claimed that his removal as president by the NUNW structures was not legitimate and that those who signed a resolution to remove him were not members of the NUNW Central Committee (CC) but merely staff members.
NUNW Secretary-General (SG) Job Muniaro said the NUNW expected the ruling given by the High Court, having vowed earlier this week that NUNW would defend itself and protect its interests within the confines of the law.
Muniaro said the union was still not certain whether it would be attending the Swapo-party elective congress in November as it has not yet received any guarantee from the party leaders to attend the congress, following the events of 15 October when the union representatives were requested to leave a Swapo Special Central Committee meeting in the capital.
Both Kasuto and current president of the union, Peter Nevonga, were asked to leave the meeting due to the union’s alleged illegitimate representation. That meeting elected candidates for the party’s top four positions ahead of the elective congress.
Lawyer John Kandara, assisted by Gerson Narib, represented Kasuto while the NUNW was represented by Sisa Namandje assisted by Eliaser Nekwaya.