WINDHOEK: Prime Minister Nahas Angula yesterday said Government is aware and sympathetic towards its employees’ concerns about improved salaries and other benefits, and these concerns are being addressed.
The Premier said this in a media statement in response to an open letter addressed to him by the Teachers’ Union of Namibia (TUN), the Public Service Union of Namibia (PSUN) and the Namibia Nurses’ Union (NANU).
These unions gave Government until tomorrow to urgently address the ongoing salary negotiations between Government and the recognised unions – the Namibia Public Workers’ Union (Napwu) and the Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu).
Angula reminded the concerned unions that Government has recognition agreements with Napwu, representing public service staff members on the unified grading structure, and Nantu, representing staff members on the teaching grading structure.
He then assured those unions that the negotiating parties, consisting of Government’s negotiating team, Napwu and Nantu are in the final phases of negotiations, and will conclude such negotiations within the month of November 2012.
Two Nigerians and one Angolan illegal immigrants were arrested at the Noordoewer border post between Namibia and South Africa last week.
Nigerian nationals Longinus Uchenna Opera, 36, and Obinna Aniagolu, 38, were apprehended by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) for contravening Namibian immigration laws, which require all foreigners to report themselves to immigration officers on duty before entering the country.
NamPol’s Crime Investigations’ Coordinator in the Karas Region, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Isaak told Nampa yesterday that the two already appeared in the Noordoewer District Court on Friday, and paid fines of N.dollars 2 000 each.
Angolan citizen Paulimu Immanuel, 28, was arrested at the Noordoewer One-Stop Engen service station on Saturday for entering the country from South Africa without a passport.
Police records show that Immanuel only has a temporary asylum-seekers’ permit obtained in South Africa, which prohibited him from leaving South Africa before 25 January 2013.
He is yet to pay the N.dollars 2 000 fine, and might have to spend three months in prison if he fails to pay the fine.