Trade unionist accuses hotel manager of assault

13 Nov 2013 17:40pm
OSHIKANGO, 12 NOV (NAMPA) – The Namibia Wholesale and Retail Workers Union (NWRWU)’s Oshikango branch coordinator, Gervasius Haimbodi laid a charge of common assault against the manager of Sun Square Hotel here at the weekend.
Haimbodi told Nampa in an interview at Oshikango on Monday that he laid the charge against Peter Wang at the Oshikango Police Station, after the hotel manager allegedly attacked him physically on Friday.
The attack is said to have taken place in Wang’s office at the hotel when Haimbodi went there to submit a letter informing the hotel management of a wage negotiations meeting that is due to take place there next week Monday.
The planned meeting will also discuss the issue of an employee who was fired, allegedly without the hotel management following the proper procedure.
Haimbodi said Wang attacked and pushed him, hitting him with fists several times on the head.
“As a result I sustained severe injuries to my left eye and I am currently experiencing poor vision,” he claimed, adding that he received medical treatment at the Engela District Hospital on Friday and Monday.
When contacted for comment, Wang accused Haimbodi of being “a rude trade unionist” who on several occasions entered his office without permission, “talking too much”.
The unionist would apparently also refuse to leave when asked to do so.
“He (Haimbodi) seriously interrupted my job last Friday and I could not work well. I asked him to leave my office, but he just continued talking too much,” Wang charged.
He admitted that he pushed Haimbodi out of his office, saying he did so only after the trade unionist refused to leave.
“He got angry and slapped me in the face, so we fought with each other,” he said.
The hotel manager went on to say all foreign-owned companies at Oshikango apparently do not like Haimbodi due to his rude behaviour and his open hostility whenever they refuse him entry to their offices.
Wang said his nose started bleeding after Haimbodi slapped him in the face on Friday.
“This time I needed justice. Our hotel has many guests every day and therefore we don’t want a person to come here and interrupt our operations,” he stated.