By John Tuerijama
THE Trade Union Congress of Namibia (TUCNA) has warned the Namibia Premier League (NPL) leadership to speedily investigate the physical attack on the Namibia Football Players Union (NAFPU) Secretary-General Olsen Kahiriri allegedly by Marley Ngarizemo.
Ngarizemo, reportedly physically attacked Kahiriri at the premises of the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Soccer House after an altercation erupted between the two as NAFPU secretary-general dropped some documents at the NPL office.
During a media briefing last week, TUCNA Secretary-General Mahongora Kavihuha called on the NPL Board to speedily address the unbecoming and barbaric behaviour of Ngarizemo, who apart from owning a Premiership club is an executive member of the NPL.
Kavihuha said that NAFPU is an affiliate member of TUCNA and as such they demand swift action into the conduct of Ngarizemo who physically harassed Kahiriri.
“Such actions by Ngarizemo is nothing else than barbaric and inhumane as was perpetrated. NPL must pronounce themselves publicly and denounce such violent behaviours against our official,” stressed Kavihuha.
He added that the NPL must discipline or show Ngarizemo the door for such behaviour, and that any failure to discipline Ngarizemo will results in TUCNA approaching the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) to intervene as TUCNA is an affiliate.
The secretary-general said that such systematic, contacts be it verbally or physically by any employer, is not condoned and as a trade union, TUCNA will not tolerate any abusive either verbal or physical attack on any of their members.
TUCNA has given the NPL Board until end of July to pronounce itself on the matter and went on urge Namibian Police (Nampol) to step up its investigations.
“In solidarity with the Players Union such behaviours will never be condoned. NPL must tell us if Ngarizemo is in fact an agent of theirs since he acted on behalf of the NPL,” charged the TUCNA boss.
An English daily reported that Kahiriri opened a case of common assault and assault by threat (Case no.CR274/2018) at the Katutura Police Station. He was allegedly slapped twice with an open hand and was threatened with serious harm at the NFA Soccer House.
In his words Kahiriri went to the Soccer House to deliver letters at the NPL office and met with Ngarizemo on his way out. The latter confronted him about recent comments Kahiriri made about the NPL’s lack of urgency to implement certain policies and also about NPL chairman Patrick Kauta’s reluctance to respond to emails and phone calls from NAFPU.
“After threatening me a couple of times, of course I had to respond and told him why I made those remarks, telling him that I have emails and papers to prove that Kauta continues to ignore correspondences from our office…while I was busy trying to state my argument, the guy (Ngarizemo) suddenly slapped me twice in the face in succession whilst threatening to cause me more harm. Being the civilised person that I am, I did not retaliate and rather went to the police station to open a case of assault. I will still engage my lawyers to deal with the matter because I will sue him,” said the firebrand unionist.
However, Ngarizemo denied having assaulted Kahiriri but did confirm that a verbal confrontation took place and a “few harsh words were exchanged in the process”.
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