NCCI turns up heat in the north

Local branches of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry have elected leaders in three northern towns, making the 'illegal' regional branch led by Tomas Koneka Iindji defunct.

18 September 2019 | Business

The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) has held annual general meetings for its Ondangwa, Oshakati and Ongwediva branches, where new leaders were elected.

This effectively ends the 10-year tenure of NCCI northern branch chairman Tomas Koneka Iindji. This follows NCCI president Sven Thieme saying in April this year that the NCCI northern branch, with Iindji as chairperson, was illegal.

The NCCI northern branch was established as a representative committee for the northern regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto, following a board decision in 2008.

Thieme said at the time that the NCCI has branches in towns, but no regional structures, such as the NCCI northern branch.

When contacted for comment, Iindji, who is a banker, said the NCCI has so far failed to stage a national AGM and he will only comment once this gathering is held.

The northern branch also controls the smaller towns of Eenhana, Omuthiya, Helao Nafidi (Oshikango), Outapi and Okahao. It is unclear when AGMs will be held in these towns.

According to NCCI CEO Charity Mwiya, the Ongwediva, Ondangwa and Oshakati branches held their AGMs recently, where business tycoon Ben Hauwanga, known as BH, Mario Upite of 6000 Investment and Otillie Kaapangelwa of OSK Debt Collectors were elected as the respective branch chairpersons.

The AGMs were administered by the Mwiya, NCCI Ongwediva office business support officer Ruth Shikongo-Heitha and NCCI board member Bisey /Uirab.

“Many businesses in Ongwediva applauded this development, saying that for the first time in the history of that branch its leadership echelon is truly representative of businesses, as they are drawn from Namibia's diverse business spectrum. Members expressed the hope for a truly unifying and effective leadership under Hauwanga, a well-respected local and national business leader,” said Mwiya.

At Ongwediva, Hauwanga is deputised by Amalia Schmidt of the SchmidtCo. Group, while the other committee members are Shafa Kaulinge of Tiger Wheel & Tyre as treasurer, Juliana Nepembe-Haimbodi of Vintage Property Developers and Real Estate as secretary, Advocate Matomola of Extra Defence Protection Services, Leonard Asser of Zone Four Investment and Panduleni Uahengo of Epic Trading Enterprises.

At Ondangwa, Victoria Joel of PJ Investments deputises Upite, while additional members on the branch executive include Martha Negumbo of Eudafano Women Marula Manufacturing as secretary and Philip Haikali of Super Auto Engine Repairs as treasurer. Jonathan Amupolo of Kati Satellite, Tuyenikelao Shatona of Katiki Trading Enterprise and Sisco Shivolo of Sisco Catering Services are also members of the Ondangwa executive.

The Oshakati branch elected Turkie Tobias of Celtu Investments to deputise Kaapangelwa, while Mulanduleni Kasita of Oshana Medical Laboratory is the treasurer.

Patrick Chiyuka of Madmax Automotive & Equipment is the branch secretary, while Tangeni Nghiwewelekwa of Water Engineering Africa, Christophine Shoopala of Shafa Real Estate and Abraham Shaanika of Sasha Trading & Earthworks will also serve on the executive.

Mwiya could not say when they will hold AGMs in the smaller towns of Eenhana, Omuthiya, Helao Nafidi (Oshikango), Outapi and Okahao.

ILENI NANDJATO

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