The president of Namibia, Hage Geingob has fired the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa over the ongoing Teachers’ strike.
In a dismissal letter signed by Hage Geingob, her roles in the ongoing strike were not mentioned but it has been speculated that her paymasters (members of opposition) are you using her to sabotage Hage’s administration.
Her termination takes immediate effect.
Over 95% of teachers recently voted in favour of a strike to demand an 8% salary increase from government but government rejected this and offered them 5%, saying it cannot afford the huge salary bill this year, but would only give teachers a 7% salary adjustment next year.
Government’s argument is that the seven day notice given by Nantu is not sufficient enough to allow them to plan for alternatives and are seeking a 30 day notice period instead.
The seven day notice period as one of the rules of the strike was decided by a conciliator from the Office of the Labour Commissioner after the two parties failed to reach consensus on some of the rules.