Deputy labour commissioner charged for misconduct

At loggerheads with senior staff, sources say

18 February 2021 | Labour

JEMIMA BEUKES







The labour ministry has instituted disciplinary action against its deputy labour commissioner Tuuliky Mwafufya-Shikongo, who is due to retire in April.

Namibian Sun understands the hearing is set to take place from 23 to 25 February.

In a statement issued by the ministry’s executive director, Bro-Matthew Shinguadja confirmed that Mwafufya- Shikongo has been summoned for disciplinary hearing.

“However, staff-related matters, particularly disciplinary issues, do remain strictly internal and cannot be further divulged,” he said.

Mwafufya-Shikongo yesterday declined to comment on the matter, asking why there is an interest in her affairs.

“My dear, why are you asking? I do not think I will comment now, just make use of the information at your disposal,” she said.

Not seeing eye to eye

It is understood that Mwafufya-Shikongo has not been seeing eye to eye with her superior, Henri Kassen.

“They [Kassen and Mwafufya-Shikongo] have been having disagreements all along, and she feels was not suitably qualified when he was appointed in 2015. It seems she was overlooked because of her sour working relationship with Shinguadja,” an official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

There are also claims that despite Kassen’s LLB qualification, he had no background or qualifications in arbitration and conciliatory work.

Another ministerial source said Mwafufya- Shikongo has been at loggerheads with senior staff in the ministry for some time now and she allegedly neglects her duties.

The source also alleged that Mwafufya- Shikongo “comes and goes as she pleases”, often without applying for leave.

“In fact, during the Shoprite dispute, her junior had to act in the position of labour commissioner because she was on leave without anyone knowing where she was,” the source said.