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The long protracted battle between the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) and its bitter group has finally seen the light of day after both parties amicably sorted their differences last Saturday.
A media release by the NRU’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Elisma Theron read that Namibia Rugby faced several challenges arising from complaints from the “Concerned Group of Clubs”, which started as far back as November 2014.
She said the complaints included amongst other accusations of maladministration, the condoning of discriminatory practices, lack of funding for domestic competition and with the most recent Gold Cup Competition saga in which Unam rugby club was not allowed to participate.
“As a result of the continued stalemate which prevailed the NRU Board and “Concerned Group of Clubs” of the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) deemed it necessary and in the interest of rugby to engage each other during a meeting held last Saturday, of which the sole purpose of the meeting, that lasted more than seven hours, deliberated ways to resolve the current turmoil which both parties agreed, and if not resolved, could only have resulted in an escalated adverse impact on the growth of the game in the country,” she said.
“The national Interest and the consideration of our Athletes’ future were the two most important factors that moved the representatives to engage each other in good faith, to explore solutions to challenge issues during the meeting, which clearly displayed great sportsmanship and composure and again highlighted the underlying core values of the game of rugby being integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect,” said the acting CEO.
The meeting highlighted the lack of proper communication between stakeholders as the key contributing factor, which resulted in the prolonged stalemate between the parties.
However, after lengthy discussions the following decisions were taken:
It was agreed that the Concerned Group will inform the Namibia Sports Commission that the complaints lodged are withdrawn and that no further action is required in respect of the said complaints. This does not in any manner imply that the Concerned Clubs and Board do not view the said complaints as serious under the circumstances, at the time when these complaints were lodged.
It was further agreed that the Concerned Group of Clubs, who together with the remainder of Rugby Clubs registered and who form the Council of the Namibia Rugby Union and as Custodians of Rugby in Namibia, acknowledge their role and responsibilities within the framework of the Constitution and Policy Manual of the NRU and to abide by same.
That the Board, who are appointed by Council to run the sport acknowledge their collective responsibilities and accountability towards Council.
That the Board, together with Council, put corrective measures in place to address all issues of concern and to prevent any circumstances that may give rise to similar unpleasant situations.
The parties also agreed that the NRU Constitution, Policy Manual as well as Rules and Regulations are in need of reform. It is agreed that Council and the Board proposes amendments for consideration in order to avoid future ambiguities and to ensure that these documents are aligned.
The Board also undertakes to attend to the following as a matter of urgency:
The establishment and implementation of proper Communication Protocol in order to ensure that information is communicated to all key players.
It said it would also include the manner in which Union coaches and staff communicate to Council regarding players affiliated with the clubs. That Council appreciate that circumstances may arise which calls for information to be treated in a confidential manner where such information relates to issues of a sensitive nature. In these instances the Board undertakes to appoint a sub-committee comprising of members of the Board and Council to deliberate issues and the extent to which such information shall be disclosed to Council.
The sourcing of funds and Sponsors for the running of the Domestic Leagues be regarded and treated as a priority.
To continuously ensure that policies relating to financial controls are strictly adhered to and where same is lacking that policies be implemented to ensure good and sound governance of the Union’s affairs.
It further said that the Board is to show its commitment to enforce zero tolerance for any form of racism, discrimination, nepotism, victimization and other ill-founded practices and where such instances are reported same to be treated in more serious manner as other transgressions which is a clear signal that it would not be condoned by Namibia Rugby.
The Board is to appoint a joint committee comprising of Board and Council Members to draft a Transformation Policy and to implement same as a matter of urgency.
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