Health extension workers want to take government to court

After numerous attempts to get assisted by the Ministry of Health and Social Services with promised jobs, the 647 Health Extension Workers (HEW) decided to take the ministry to court.

The ministry trained 647 people between 2016 and 2017 for six months in various regions of the country, but recently said it was unable to employ them due to budgetary constraints.

In a document availed to Nampa, Willem Kayongo who is the HEW spokesperson said that the move to take this bold decision emanated from the fact that the government especially the MHSS does not care about their plea.

We went further to see the Prime Minister Sara Kuugongelwa-Amandila and President Hage Geingob during his regional tour but there is no sign or way forward that we will be assisted, Kayongo said.

According to the spokesperson, the HEW are tired of hearing the issue of government experiencing financial difficulties.

We have seen the government donating million worth of goods to Mozambique, recently advertising vacancies for police and correctional services and spend millions left and right, he emphasised.

Kayongo added that their situation has nothing to do with budgetary constraint but was premeditated and planned on the fact that the public has turned a blind eye on GIPF millions and SME bank closure.

What kind of budget constraint is this that affects the HEW only, yet everyone else working for the government going on with their lives as usual and the government forever spending millions left and right? he asked.

Additionally, the HEW asked the Namibian society to assist them either in monetary form in their plight to seek justice.

On his part, the MHSS Executive Director Ben Nangombe said that the ministry is waiting for the process to take place adding that every Namibian has the right to vindicate their views.

We have given them reasons as to why the ministry cannot employ them at this stage. Let them use their rights, we will give facts and there was no contract signed, emphasised Nangombe.

Source: Namibia Press Agency