13 February 2013

Namibia: Nafwu Absolves Angula of Any Wrongdoing

THE president of the Namibia Farmworkers' Union, Ronelle de Jongh, has finally broken her silence and came out in support of the former general secretary of the union, Alfred Angula.

Angula, who is now the acting secretary general of the National Union of Namibian Workers, is accused of gross financial irregularities during his stint at the union's office.

Although various amounts have been floated in the media, the amount has been put as high as close to N$500 000 by some sources.

De Jongh said in a media statement yesterday that the executive committee of Nafwu had cleared Angula of any wrongdoing after a consultative process that lasted for four days.

"Nafwu as an organisation is content with the work of Comrade Alfred Angula and we are proud to have been associated with him and his contribution to the organisation is commendable," the statement read.

De Jongh instead accused office staff of acting clandestinely to tarnish the name of the union and its leadership with its donors from Belgium by spreading false rumours. She said such staff members removed administrative and other documents of the union without authorisation from the head office while also challenging authority by "liaising with media and donors without the approval and consultation of the executive committee."

Nafwu suspended three of its top office bearers on Friday.

De Jongh is now accusing two of the three suspended staff members of having obtained the office keys forcibly and changing the locks of the office door without authorisation.

Republikein reported yesterday that a team from the donor agency FOS Belgium was on its way to Namibia.

De Jongh could not be reached for comment for the second day running, as her mobile was switched off yesterday with only the voice message recorder on.

Angula said he was not aware of any visiting team from the donors.

"I have no idea. I have not been informed," he said when asked whether he was aware of any visiting delegation from Belgium to investigate financial irregularities in which he was fingered as the main suspect.

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