Mbumba advocates for equitable pay and secure working environments for workers

President Nangolo Mbumba said that it is crucial that Namibia put in relentless effort to create a society that values, safeguards and provides equitable pay, secure working environments and career development for every worker.

Mbumba made these remarks in a media statement on the celebration of the 2024 Workers’ Day, saying it is undeniable that social justice and decent work are not mere ideals but rather essential rights that should be granted to every individual.

‘Through our commitment to social justice and creating opportunities for decent work, we are building a society that is fair and inclusive, allowing all Namibians to flourish. On this occasion, we celebrate the Namibian labour movement’s significant role in shaping our struggle for independence and social justice, and we take a moment to reflect on the progress and challenges that persist in labour rights,’ said the president.

He said Namibia’s commitment to upholding labour rights is a cornerstone of its democratic principles and social just
ice, recognising the inherent dignity and value of all workers.

‘Namibia has enshrined labour rights protections within its Constitution and the government has taken deliberate steps to safeguard these rights and protect workers’ welfare across all sectors by enacting robust laws and policies, he added.

Mbumba however recognised that despite the strides made thus far, the country, particularly the labour fraternity, is still confronted by challenges such as unemployment, disproportionately affecting youth, inflation affecting workers’ livelihoods, informal employment and job insecurity.

‘As the nation continues its journey towards sustainable development and prosperity, I implore all stakeholders to direct their efforts towards ensuring the full realisation of labour rights. We must intensify our efforts to foster an environment that treats every worker with dignity, respect, and fairness, where prosperity is shared by all, together, let us build a brighter, more inclusive future for generations to come,’
he said.

The 2024 Workers’ Day is commemorated under the theme; ‘Social Justice and Decent Work for All’, with the main celebration taking place at Rundu in the Kavango East Region.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Cadet constable arrested for forging documents in Oshana

A cadet constable in the Namibian Police Force was arrested for fraud, forgery and uttering on Monday in the Oshana region.

This was confirmed by Oshana Head of Community Policing, Chief Inspector Thomas Aiyambo, on Wednesday.

Aiyambo indicated that the suspect, identified as Yule Thomas Nashidhiga, is a 28-year-old man, whose arrest comes a few days before he was set to graduate alongside over a thousand other cadets at the Oshakati Independence Stadium on Monday.

According to Aiyambo, Nashidhiga was arrested at the Ruben Danger Ashipala Police Training Centre in Ondangwa and has already appeared in the Magistrate’s court, where his case was postponed to the 29 August 2024.

He was granted bail of N.dollars 1 500.

‘It is alleged that Nashidhiga submitted a forged Grade 12 certificate when he successfully applied for a job in the Namibia Police Force in the Oshana Region between March and June 2023,’ he said.

He added that the job interview took place in June at Oshakati, after which Nashidhiga was appo
inted as a Cadet Constable.

He attended Basic Police Training at the Pius Joseph Kaundu Police Training Centre in the Omaheke Region.

Aiyambo noted that during the screening and verification process of the qualifications for all the recruits by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, it was discovered that the suspect forged his Grade 12 certificate.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Peace Minister Underscores Role of Nationwide Dialogue for Ethiopia’s lasting Peace

Addis Ababa: Minister of Peace Binalf Andualem emphasized the importance of a continuous national Consultation and common understanding to pave the way for durable peace and development in Ethiopia.

This was disclosed at training organized for members of the House of People’s Representatives, House of Federation as well as members of regional councils and speakers.

In his opening remarks, Peace Minister Binalf underscored that reaching consensus on major issues of the country is pivotal to ensure sustainable peace.

As a strong nation-state building endeavors has not yet been completed, the minister noted that the current generation of Ethiopia should deliver on its responsibilities and realize the ambition.

To this end, constructive dialogue among the entire public as well as the elites of the country has become now instrumental to national consensus, Binalf underlined.

The Ethiopian National Dialogue Commission has been currently facilitating inclusive techniques of discussion and reconciliation that he
al wounds, build consensus on key troubles, and assist Ethiopia in remedying its complicated issues, it was learned.

The Commission is highly expected to resolve differences of opinion on fundamental issues and forge a ‘national consensus’ that would bring about lasting peace and prosperity in the East African nation.

We believe this national dialogue will create strong harmony and ensure durable peace, the minister hoped.

A half-day training would be vital for the participants to thoroughly discuss on fundamental issues of the country including the nation-state building, national identity, Ethiopia’s interest as well as its assets for the aspiration of prosperity.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Ethiopian Airlines Group Observes International Labour Day 2024

Addis Ababa: The employee and leadership of Ethiopian Airlines Group have observed the nationwide International Labour Day 2024 this morning.

Speaking on the occasion, Ethiopian Airlines Group Primary Basic Trade Union President Tekalegn Terfassa said the day creates opportunity to enhance the collaboration between employee and the leadership.

The president stated that “on this day we promise to ensure our industrial peace.”

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew said on his part that the day meant a lot for both the employees and the employer.

On celebrating the Labour Day we are reminded of the need to extend reasonable payment, create good working environment, and strengthen unity, he added.

The day makes the employer think about the success of the company, Mesfin noted, adding that but that can only be achieved by treating employees in a good manner, respecting the rights of employee, and providing essential benefits, among others.

According to him, the Ethiopian Airlines Group believes that its
big resource is its human resource.

For the CEO, the day has equal meaning for both employees and employers.

The International Labour Day or May Day has been celebrated in Ethiopia the 49th time and for 135th time globally.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency