Security Guards Strike over Pay

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By Hoandi !Gaeb Mariental All health facilities in the Hardap region and Government property at the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry have been unguarded since Monday after about 60 security guards of the Njangula Security Company downed their tools. They claim that they have not received salaries for almost three months. The security guards say they will not return to work before management pays out their salaries. Concerned workers of the two affected ministries say the situation cannot be allowed to continue as dangerous and expensive medicines and equipment may disappear. “Clinics, hospitals and offices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry are not protected for almost a week now. How would this impact on the millions worth of property and equipment of government,” a concerned worker asked. New Era has it on good authority that clinics and hospitals at Mariental, Maltahohe, Stamprie, Ara-nos, Gibeon, Hoachanas and Kalkrand are without guards since Monday. An employee of Njangula Security Company, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the situation is a result of government’s reluctance to pay invoices on time. “We informed the security guards to be patient as we are also awaiting payment from government,” said the employee. He also accused some of the guards of not executing their duties properly. She advised New Era to speak to the owner of the company, Felix Mukupi, who could not be reached for comment.