…Officials failed due processes
By John Tuerijama
THE long-awaited Boxing Act of 1980 has now been recalled since those tasked with the revision process a few years ago, did not follow the due processes needed.
Then Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Jerry Ekandjo instructed the current Namibia Professional and Wrestling Control Board (NPBWCB) under the leadership of Ellison Hijarunguru to urgently revise the outdated act. It has now emerged that the revised documents or submission made to Cabinet and eventually to the Attorney General (AG) office are nowhere to be seen.
In an interview with Confidente this week, chief sport officer (CSO) in the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, Hendrick Mapele who also doubles as the NPBWCB assistant administrator said that there was simply no revision conducted on the Boxing Act.
“The process that was followed was not the correct one hence the submission made was recalled. They (Boxing Board) needed to involve the stakeholders and no such consultations were made,” said Mapele.
Mapele added that the document was lying idle as nothing happened, even when the meeting was held between the board members, Ekandjo and the previous permanent secretary (PS) Alfred Ilukena.
“That document was simply lying around they needed to have the Act changed as a matter of urgency and as the governing board an audience was held with the new Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Erastus Uutoni and the current PS Emma Kantema-Gaomas.”
Mapele said the process to be followed when an Act is being revised is to consult all the stakeholders in the industry before making any submissions to cabinet.
“When such submissions are made cabinet than peruses the submissions before the document is than submitted to the attorney general’s office for any eventual advice needed to be taken. As we speak there is a letter addressed to the NPBWCB chairperson Hijarunguru probably advising the board on the new process needed to be embarked upon.”
He further added that for the new process to be undertaken the boxing board needs to bring on board all the role players in the boxing industry. “Perhaps the delay was because of the budget a component surely needed for the boxing board to have a successful undertaking in producing a better and up to scratch document that will address the current problems. He said the current act is extremely outdated, that it does not even address the plight of women boxers in the country.
Mapele added that unlike women boxers in neighbouring South Africa, who can fight professionally, their Namibian counterparts cannot fight professionally because such provisions are not spelled out in the boxing act. “South African boxers do feature dominantly in the boxing bonanza in that country but how do we make sure that our women boxers graduate from the being amateur boxers to a professional set up ? asked Mapele. Meanwhile, Minister of Sport, Youth and Culture Uutoni during his budget statement last month said that the sport policies including the Boxing Act will be presented to cabinet before the end of the 2018/19 financial year.
Namibia has to conclude various sport policies such as the rewarding policy, categorization policy hence the country’s gold medalists at the Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Australia are yet to be rewarded for their performance.
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