Deputy Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation, Alpheus Muheua, says media reports that former Labour Commissioner Bro Mathew Shinguadja refused to vacate his position as labour commissioner are lies.
Media reports last week said that Shinguadja refused to vacate his old portfolio which, according to a weekly paper, created tension between Shinguadja and the Deputy Labour Commissioner, Tuulikki Muafufya-Shikongo.
“As a responsible ministry there is no way that someone will be allowed to hold two positions. Therefore, the allegations that Bro Mathew is holding two positions are unfounded,” said Muheua in an exclusive interview last week Wednesday.
“Bro Mathew Shinguadja is the permanent secretary of this ministry from the date of his appointment,” he stressed
“All that the minister did was to ask Shinguadja to foresee a smooth handing over of power to whoever takes over the position once advertised,” explained Muheua, adding that the position would be advertised soon.
Prime Minister Saara Kuungongelwa-Amadhila earlier this month appointed Shinguadja as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation leaving the position of labour commissioner vacant.
During his tenure as the labour commissioner, Shinguadja played a pivotal role in the introduction of the minimum wage for domestic workers.
During the negotiation process, Shinguadja said, the minimum wage came as a result of vigorous consultations with all relevant stakeholders including domestic workers “to establish the lowest amount we would permit an employer to pay a domestic worker”.
He noted that during consultations they had established that most domestic workers earned between N$400 and N$900 monthly, which is why they felt they had to set a minimum wage of at least N$1 218.