Restraining Order for Naholo

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By Chrispin Inambao WINDHOEK The High Court on Saturday restrained former union leader Peter Naholo from entering the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) premises – diffusing a potentially explosive situation. Last December, Naholo was ousted from his position as the Acting Secretary General of the NUNW after he accused the union of having abused its position by issuing a statement exonerating former President Sam Nujoma with regard to April 01, 1989. Then South African occupational forces brutally killed hundreds of PLAN fighters, nearly jeopardising the UN peace initiative. Nujoma was blamed in some quarters for being responsible for the events of April 1, but the NUNW leadership accused colonial troops. In hard-hitting remarks issued at a briefing last Friday, Naholo challenged the constitutionality of his expulsion that took place while he was on leave and ridiculed the NUNW leadership, calling them a bunch of idiots and fools. Apart from ridiculing the NUNW and challenging the struggle credentials of its leaders, he called them bandits who in his view acted illegally and that they fear electoral defeat at the planned NUNW congress slated for the later part of 2006. The court issued an order served at around 10h00 on Naholo on Saturday by a court messenger at his residence in Katutura – a day after he defiantly announced via media that he was going to report for duty at NUNW offices on Monday. Last Friday, a police contingent dispatched to NUNW offices to halt the meeting could not do so as they were told they did not have a court interdict that would have halted the proceedings. In terms of the court order, the respondent is restrained from entering the premises of NUNW offices located in the vicinity of a police station and he was also instructed from “interfering with the activities of the applicant, its employees, agents and or office bearers in whatsoever manner”. A High Court judge further ordered Naholo to desist from acting or purport to act on behalf of the applicant though the respondent should receive some consolation from the fact that he would not be required to pay the costs of the High Court application. Yesterday, AlpheÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚¼s Muheua, NUNW’s First Vice President who was largely the target of Friday’s tirade by Naholo said: “I have nothing to say,” when contacted for comment. Naholo, who was given until February 20 to give reasons why the interdict should not be made final, said he had enlisted the services of law firm Hengari, Kangueehi, Kavendji INC to challenge the court order. “I obey the court order but the next course of action is to challenge the court order in court. And my lawyers are busy with that,” he told New Era upon inquiry. Windhoek lawyer Shafimana Ueitele is representing NUNW. Last Friday, Naholo remarked that his expulsion was a “cheap and desperate act by some political malcontents and opportunists who in the eve of workers’ congress later in 2006, have realised the ignominy of a looming defeat as they have failed to deliver and abused the workers’ trust. In realising the inevitable political defeat at the upcoming congress, these elements have become so desperate to clear the mine field by engaging in illegal activity”. Muheua insists the expulsion was constitutional because it came about as a collective NUNW decision that was supported by its affiliates, and that he had nothing personal against Naholo.