Health ministry ditches 35 appointments

18 October 2016 | Labour

Members of Oshana Men and Women Network against Crime were left disappointed after the Ministry of Health and Social Services cancelled their appointment offers without any apparent reason.

Some 35 members of the network in Oshana were appointed to take up employment at the health ministry last year, but these appointments were cancelled, this year.

The letters of appointment were signed by former health permanent secretary, Andrew Ndishishi on 2 June 2015, and they were supposed to start working on 1 July 2015 in various positions including cleaners, massage therapists, handymen, cooks, equipment attendants, portal assistants, administrative officers and several other positions at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital.

However, the current permanent secretary at the health minister Andreas Mwoombola cancelled all these appointments on 8 June this year without giving any explanation.

All the recipients of these positions had signed their appointment letters and they were ready to start. One of the job recipients and vice-chairperson for network, Delila Mbabi said she is now the most “hated” person in their organisation.

“Just few days before 1 July last year, my office was informed that the health ministry is demanding their appointment letters back. We were told that some of the members went to the hospital to protest that there were irregularities in the appointment. These were the members who were not part of the employed group,” Mbabi said.

She added that they were told that their appointments were frozen for further investigation. They waited for the investigation until this year June when they received a letter that informing them that their appointments were summarily cancelled. She said her fellow job recipients are accusing her of irregularities and they are now demanding their jobs from her.

“The ministry needs to clear up the issue because I am being threatened here. Members have turned against me and they are demanding for an explanation that I do not have. Every day I am receiving threatening calls and text messages that I must give their jobs,” Mbabi said.

On 22 September, Mbabi wrote a letter to Mwoombola demanding an explanation on the cancellation of the signed job offers. “This office would like to demand an explanation as to why employment opportunities which were offered to us last year have been cancelled,” the letter read.

This news came few days after Shilimela Security announced that they were going to provide employment to 50 members of the Oshana Men and Women Network.

When contacted, Mwoombola referred Namibian Sun to the ministry''s public relations officer, Ester Paulus who is currently on leave. The acting PRO Libita Manga could not provide any information despite repeated efforts made over a period of two weeks, including telephone calls and text messages.

The Oshana Men and Women Network Against Crime was established in 2009 by retired former Oshana police regional commander, Commissioner Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa and they have been working voluntarily in the fight against crime since.


Similar News


Teachers' demo on for today

1 day - 17 October 2017 | Labour

Teachers are determined to stage protests today to express their frustration with the ministry's delay in publishing the vacancy bulletin for next year.This protest action...

New minimum wage for farmworkers

1 day - 17 October 2017 | Labour

The minimum wage for farmworkers has been increased by 25% and will come into force on 1 November this year. This follows successful negotiations...

NYS cooks unhappy over zero overtime

1 day - 17 October 2017 | Labour

As part of saving costs, the National Youth Service (NYS) in December last year discontinued overtime for kitchen staff at the Rietfontein campus. However, this...

Union protests 'peanut wages'

6 days ago - 12 October 2017 | Labour

The union battling for a 13% pay raise for construction workers has slammed arguments from the other side of the table, saying the economic woes...

New minimum wage for domestic workers

1 week ago - 10 October 2017 | Labour

The labour ministry has confirmed that an 11% increase in the minimum wage for domestic workers has been gazetted and is mandatory since the beginning...

Farmers frustrated by labour disputes

2 weeks ago - 03 October 2017 | Labour

Commercial farmers say they are frustrated by workers lodging costly and drawn-out labour disputes when they are dismissed fairly and legally.However, this may soon be...

TCL pensioners to march to OPM

2 weeks ago - 02 October 2017 | Labour

Disgruntled former Tsumeb Corporation Limited mineworkers want a meeting with prime minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila in a last-ditch attempt to recover N$116 million from their former...

Unions welcome guards' pay

3 weeks ago - 27 September 2017 | Labour

Three unions that had been involved in tense minimum wage negotiations for security guards have welcomed the gazetting of the December agreement this month and...

Guards' pay gazetted

4 weeks ago - 20 September 2017 | Labour

The long-awaited Government Gazette instructing all Namibian security companies to start paying the new minimum wage for security officers was published last week. The...

'Teachers are overworked'

4 weeks ago - 20 September 2017 | Labour

The Teachers' Union of Namibia (TUN) has accused the government of deliberately overburdening teachers in order to save money while high-ranking officials are living in...

Latest News

Norwegian quota advertised

6 hours ago | Agriculture

The Meat Board of Namibia has started with the process to allocate the Norwegian quota for 2018 to appropriate export abattoirs.Namibia is in possession of...

Anthrax fears rise

6 hours ago | Environment

Botswana authorities are on high alert following the discovery of hippo carcasses in the Okavango River that succumbed to an anthrax outbreak in Namibia. These...

25% of babies born without...

6 hours ago | Health

South Africa is the only country in the sub-region with a sexual, reproductive, maternal, new-born and adolescent health (SRMNAH) workforce that is large enough and...

Shot of the day

6 hours ago | Picture of the day

BERRIES GALORE: A picture taken with a drone shows Belarusians harvesting cranberries at a farm in the village of Selishche, some 290 km south of...

Swapo must reform

6 hours ago | Opinion

The silly season is now in full swing following last weekend's central committee meeting of the ruling party, which wrapped up nominations for the top...

Hell descends on Portugal

6 hours ago | International

A wave of wildfires in central and north Portugal which started at the weekend has killed at least 31 people, civil defence authorities say.Dozens of...

Record weaner season closes

6 hours ago | Agriculture

A total of 15 940 cattle were sold at this year's weaner auctions compared to 5 977 cattle sold in 2016. The average weaner calf...

Ox producers compete

6 hours ago | Agriculture

The winners of this year's Slaughter Ox Competition that is hosted by Agra Auctions was recently announced at an event held in Windhoek. The competition...

Cup kick-off date unconfirmed

6 hours ago | Sports

The organisers of the Petrus Kavhura Cup have announced that they will only set the kick-off date of the tournament at the end of this...

Load More