Thieme takes aim at 'illegal' NCCI northern branch

05 April 2019 | Business

The president of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI), Sven Thieme, says the NCCI northern branch under the chairmanship of Tomas Koneka Indji is illegal.

Thieme says the NCCI has branches in towns, but no regional structures such as the NCCI northern branch.

Indji refused to comment before the NCCI's annual general meeting (AGM), to be held later this month.

“There is no such thing as an NCCI northern branch. Something like that does not exist in the NCCI constitution,” Thieme said.

“This is something we will sort out very soon because now every town and region wants to create their own structure,” he added.

“NCCI branches operate in towns and not as regional structures or entities. The NCCI is one united organisation that strives at all times to represent Namibia's business community in an efficient and effective manner.”

Thieme said periodically branches in a geographical region might come together and pool resources, skills and expertise to better represent the enterprise sector in that part of the country, or to stage events more cost-effectively.

“However, as a membership-based organisation the autonomy of a branch is never compromised or negated,” Thieme explained.







According to a source, 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.

It was established with representatives in the towns of Ondangwa, Ongwediva, Oshakati, Eenhana, Helao Nafidi, Omuthiya and Outapi to facilitate service provision to the Chamber's members.

Iindji has been elected as chairperson of the branch's executive committee three times since its establishment.

Linda Naikaku and Malakia Katumbo Patrus are the branch's vice-chairperson and treasurer, respectively.

Sion Sheehama, Cornelia Shilunga, Fenny Nanyeni and Juliana Nepembe-Haimbodi are additional members of the executive committee.

Thieme said the NCCI is a voluntary, membership-based body guided by a constitution. It has elected leaders at all levels, who are supported by a secretariat comprised of employed managers and staff.

“The Chamber's leadership, at national level, is comprised of an elected president and a board of directors, who are all volunteers. They give generously of their time and energy to ensure that the NCCI represents Namibia's business sector in a constructively dynamic manner and in the spirit of partnership with the public sector, labour and civil society,” Thieme said.

“The same applies at a local level, where the leadership of NCCI branches are also elected volunteers working diligently and for no remuneration or personal gain, within the parameters of the Chamber's constitution.”

ILENI NANDJATO

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