WINDHOEK: Newly-elected president of the Namibian Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Nafau) Elias Jonker on Friday said he will not allow individuals to destroy the image of the union.
Speaking during a media conference in the capital, Jonker said once a person is elected to lead people, he/she is also mandated to lead the congress process.
The congress referred to is the Ninth Nafau National Congress that took place from 05 to 07 October in Eenhana, Ohangwena Region, during which Jonker was elected to replace Abel Kazondunge as president.
“Now the congress arrangements should have been done by the president’s office, but comrade president sidelined his responsibility by opting not to participate, and as such he denied himself to be part of the congress,” said Jonker.
He was responding to media reports that former Nafau president Abel Kazondunge was not invited to the congress, and that there were substantial irregularities in the preparation of the congress.
Kazondunge was quoted in The Namibian newspaper last week as saying that the congress was not called in terms of the Nafau constitution.
Jonker denied further claims that the Erongo Region was not invited to be part of the congress.
“All regions were provided with the number of delegates to attend the congress, but they opted not to participate because they were influenced by outsiders,” said Jonker.
He thus regards the issue as a personal agenda driven by certain forces attacking individuals within Nafau such as General Secretary Kiros Sackarias.
Jonker stated that if anyone takes Sackarias to task, members of the union are ready to defend him no matter what as per their mandate from the workers.