THE Mine Workers Union of Namibia (MUN) have reported contraventions of Namibia’s immigration laws to the Namibian Police while alleging that most if not all Chinese nationals that serves as senior management at China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) are illegally and fraudulently employed in Namibia.
The legal representatives of the MUN, the law firm of Metcalfe and Beukes, in an urgent letter requested the Chinese owners of Rössing Uranium Limited to rectify the situation immediately if want to avoid litigation in the Supreme Court. The litigation would be based on the company’s deliberate breach of the entrenched provisions of the Namibian Constitution.
The law firm alleges that these senior managerial employees are Jingtao Chang, who is the Chinese company’s Manager Business Improvement, Mingfei Huang, who is CNNC’s Financial Superintendent and Yiwei Li, who is CNNC’s Procurement Superintendent and Processing Support Superintendent as well as a board member are illegally employed.
According to the passport entries of the three senior Chinese employees, they all have work permits issued under and are only allowed to be employed by Skeleton Coast Diamond Limited only.
According CNNC’s company documents, the shareholding in CNNC Rössing Uranium is as follows: China National Uranium Corporation (“CNUC”) with 68,62%; the Government of the Republic of Namibia with 3%; the Iranian Foreign Investment Company (“IFIC”) with 15%; the Industrial Development Corporation (“IDC”) of South Africa with 3%; and Individual Shareholders that owns 3% of the company’s shares.
According to the letter Skeleton Coast Diamond Limited is not a shareholder in n CNNC Rössing Uranium.
“Your fraudulent employment of Chinese managerial staff who contravenes the Immigration Control Act 7 of 1993 is being reported to the Namibian Police and to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security.”
The law firm informed CNNC that their client appeals to the owners to commence amicable discussions between the legitimate management members of CNNC Rössing Uranium and the MUN Rössing branch in order to restore respect for the employer-employee relationship through the legitimate representative of the employees at the mine and to promote the interests of Namibian employees and not illegal employees from China employed on a fraudulent basis.
“Namibia cannot provide employment to Chinese nationals where Namibians are able to perform such functions with ease.”
The MUN’s legal representatives also notified the Chinese company that their client’s rights are reserved should such amicable discussion not commence within 21 days from 27 June 2020.