NIDA dismisses reports that it paid N$400 000 to handle disciplinary cases involving about N$15 000 -

NIDA dismisses reports that it paid N$400 000 to handle disciplinary cases involving about N$15 000 -
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The Namibian Industrial Development Agency (NIDA) has dismissed media reports that it had paid more than N$400 000 to handle disciplinary cases, involving about N$15 000.
NIDA described the anonymous letters circulating on social media as factually incorrect.
Recent media reports suggested that the state-owned company spent N$417 000 on legal fees to discipline workers accused of stealing meat and milk worth less than N$15 000.
These details are contained in a letter employees at NIDA sent to the Minister of Industrialisation and Trade, Lucia Iipumbu.
The company's Executive Director Uparura Kavare, confirmed that the three employees were arrested at Mangetti Cattle Ranch in connection with cattle theft and milk and had used a NIDA vehicle to transport the stolen goods.
"I again repeat that we have only placed this employee on suspension and it is untrue that we have laid charges or issued any charges against these employees as we are still busy formulating these charges," said Kavare.
Since its establishment, Kavare says the company has recovered millions of dollars after internal investigations were instituted against some staff and outsiders.
"Comrades, for the first time NIDA is harvesting their own grapes, harvesting their own dates, marketing them and selling them. It was sold by a foreigner and he was apparently given a right to pay whatever he wants. We invest N$4 million paying the salaries of workers. If he decides you will only get N$1 million he makes as much as he wants then he gives you what he wants to give you. It is how things were done here," said director Job Muniaro.
The Manager at the Kavango Cattle Ranch, Johannes Alugodhi also confirmed the theft of cattle by employees.
"From the employees' perspective I have been seen as someone who is disrupting their livelihood. Because workers were used to stealing. When I stopped them, when I work hard to stop this, I was disrupting the livelihood through their illicit dealings and businesses of meat and milk at the farm. Therefore I must step down," said Alugodhi.