WINDHOEK: Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) president Johannes Ndeutepo on Monday announced that three of its members will remain on suspension until their branches advice otherwise.
The members are MUN vice-president Michael Heita, vice-treasurer Phillipus Munenguni and southern regional chairperson Isak Metumo.
Ndeutepo made the announcement during a media conference here on Monday to “correct misled information reported by the media”.
“A case of trespassing and unauthorised use of organisational properties has been opened with the Namibian Police Force (CR 262/10/2012) against Heita,” Ndeutepo said.
Without explaining what the other two members are on suspension for, the MUN president said the conduct of the members is believed to be detrimental to the interest of the union and its members.
Ndeutepo also said the membership of the three members have recently been withdrawn by the principles, pending inquiries into their conduct.
“Please note that the office of the president does not have jurisdiction over this process. However, should sanction be expulsion then it has to be endorsed by the National Executive Committee (NEC),” he added.
Ndeutepo further stated that if anyone is found dealing with the above individuals they must be aware that they will be doing so in their personal capacity and at their own risk, as these members do not represent MUN or its members.
Meanwhile, The Namibian newspaper reported on 19 October 2012 that the western region, in a letter to the NEC, indicated that it has lost confidence in the union leader, while the central region, also in letter to the NEC, took issue with the way Ndeutepo deals with union matters.
The union leader is also accused of allegedly abusing MUN assets.
Ndeutepo then called on all MUN members to remain calm and to avoid conflict, adding that an extra ordinary congress will be called soon to resurrect a leadership that will put its members’ interest first.