MEMBERS of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (NABTA) have distanced themselves from a congress taking place at Okahandja today (Thursday).
NABTA’s acting president Jeffrey Platt issued a statement describing the event as “a mafia activity”.
According to Platt, NABTA has taken note of illegal activities of former NABTA president Vespa Muunda and a group of associates who are allegedly illicitly using the name and date stamps of NABTA and organising an illegal congress at Okahandja.
He said that the NEC of NABTA consists only of six members, himself, Pendapala Nakathingo, Josefart Jomo Jagger, Quinton van Wyk, Jacobus Platt and Magnus Nangombe, and none of them have anything to do with the planned event.
Platt is urging NABTA members and all stakeholders, as well as the general public to shun the event.
He pointed out that the NABTA congress takes place only early next year.
Platt’s statement comes two days after the association’s lawyers, KHS Law Incorporated, wrote a cease and desist letter to Muunda and his associate, Lazarus Mhata.
The lawyers accused Muunda of “unlawful and disruptive” activities and demanded that he surrender the official date stamps of NABTA that are still in his possession.
Muunda served several years as NABTA president but was suspended for alleged misconduct in 2016.
He took the matter to the High Court, but the case was dismissed.
Approached for comment, Muunda said the NABTA congress is long overdue as the term of its leadership expired way back in 2018.
He said some people have been resisting plans for a congress for ulterior motives.
Muunda claimed that an ad hoc committee was set up to organise the congress and he is part of that committee.
“Yes, the NABTA congress takes place at Okahandja Thursday. It is a one-day event. All 14 regions will be represented,” he said.
Pendapala Nakathingo, NABTA’s Secretary-General, disputes Muunda’s version.
According to him, NABTA faced various challenges the past few years, making the holding of a congress impractical since 2018.
“There were court cases and one cannot hold a congress while a dispute was still in court. Then followed election years and the Covid-19 pandemic but we kept the government and other stakeholders up to date,” he said.
“The congress will take place next year. The Okahandja event is an absolute nullity.”