By John Tuerijama
THE suspended Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NPBWCB) chief administrator, Joe Kaperu has not received his salary since January this year, despite the conditions of his suspension dictating otherwise.
Kaperu was suspended last November, for alleged insubordination which stems from an allegation that he spearheaded a campaign to remove newly-installed boxing control board chairman, Ellison Hijarunguru. It was further alleged at the time that he had worked together with local boxing promoters to secure Hijarunguru’s unceremonious exit from the boxing board.
The board was due to convene a meeting to deliberate and decide Kaperu’s fate, but according to its spokesperson, Ronny Kurtz, the board members could not meet because of lack of funds.
This state of affairs has however not impressed Kaperu who complained that his expertise and professional contribution to the boxing fraternity has been severely compromised. He was also not happy that his salary has been stopped for reasons that are yet to be explained to him.
“I was suspended with full pay but I have for the past three months not received my salary as agreed. That is breach of compliance from the side of the Boxing Control Board. I have not received any communication or a written letter regarding the non-payment,” said the agitated Kaperu. He said the non-payment by the Boxing Control Board since January has negatively affected him and his children, three of whom are at university while the other four are secondary school learners. All seven depend on him, he said. Besides, Kaperu added, he has also struggled to pay municipal and other bills since his salary was stopped.
“I had a very good understanding to allow the control board to look into the matter (allegations of insubordination) with urgency but as things stand I have no other choice but to consult my lawyers.
“Yes, in fact I have consulted my lawyers to take legal action because right now I am not afraid of anything or anyone. If the Board feels that they are above the law I will have nothing than approaching the courts,” said Kaperu. “You must understand how frustrating the situation is,” he added.
Kaperu is of the opinion that local boxing events are poorly organised, and that the standard of boxing events has gone down. “It shows that there are no knowledgeable administrators who can successfully organise boxing events. We need someone with proper experience as people are frustrated by the manner in which boxing is being managed”.
Meanwhile, the Namibia Boxing Control Board’s spokesperson, Ronald Kurtz said he does not handle the control board nor is he aware of the non-payment of Kaperu’s salary. The financial officer of the board, Phillip Mwandingi, had at the time of going to press not responded to messages and calls for his comment on the matter.
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