..as board chairperson, station boss brawl
By Eliaser Ndeyanale
FIVE employees at the Single Quarters-based radio station, BaseFM have been shown the door for allegedly absconding from work for two consecutive days without valid reason.
Also, the five stand accused of being part of a syndicate to remove the community station’s current manager Moses Kairimuti.
These include famous call-in programme “Real Talk” presenter Jehoiakim Kateve and host of the “Drive Show” Elton John known to his listeners as Sexy Jimmy.
Also booted, is former station manager Patricia du Plessis and officials Otto Kapuka, and Nathan Mbatia.
Commenting on their dismissal this morning, Jimmy stressed that the matter is confidential and an “Internal thing”.
Speaking to Confidente, Kairimuti maintained that the beleaguered employees a part of group that is undermining his authority as well as attempting to overthrow him.
“The chairperson [Kae Matundu-Tjiparuro] had an illegal meeting with these employees while I was on duty in Rundu for Independence Day,” Kairimuti explained.
“I was not informed about this meeting and never consulted before it was convened.”
He further questioned: “Why would they have a meeting on a public holiday and even so while the station manager is not there? This is against labour laws and the chairperson is urinating all over the country’s laws.”
According to him, upon his return Matundu-Tjiparuro served him with a letter highlighting grievances from the workers.
“When I asked for the minutes of that meeting, he told me that no one took minutes.”
“The employees who were part of the meeting went on to even stay away from work for two consecutive days, despite the fact that they are still on probation.”
Kairimuti accounts that it has now become common talk in the corridors of the station that employees should no longer report to him but directly to Matundu-Tjiparuro.
“They have a secret WhatsApp group of which I was provided with audio recordings and strings of conversations.”
Unionist Paul Smoky Shitumba indicated that although the Labour Act makes provision for intervention and action on employees who stay away from work for more than two days, their dismissal should follow a fair process.
“You cannot just dismiss people like that on the spot. If they have breached the company’s code of conduct, you suspend or call for a disciplinary hearing,” Shitumba said.
“An independent disciplinary committee should be constituted and the proceedings thereof must be guided by the company’s code of conduct.”
“After the process the chairperson will take a decision based on the guiding tools on whether to dismiss the employee or issue warnings, depending on the provisions.”
Matundu-Tjiparuro could not be reached for comments as he is said to be in a meeting, however, Confidente has it on good authority that ICT deputy minister Stanley Simataa has been dragged into the unfolding events at the station.
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