WINDHOEK, 21 July-Meatco Board Chairperson Dr. Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun has said the members meeting scheduled for today, 21 July 2017 cannot be held, stating that the provisions of the Meatco Act have not been complied with.
The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) took note of the various operational issues raised and is set to address these in due course, as these requests are considered equitable and in the best interest of Meatco.
She said “to avoid a repeat of the Annual General Meeting and allow for proper preparations by all parties, the Board would like to request that the members submit form motions no later than 21 days prior to the commencement of any meeting that they may request to be convened.”
Dates for holding a members meeting will be communicated to the members if and when a meeting of members is requested to be convened by written request of at least fifty (50) members.
Namundjebo-Tilahun said the Board pointed out that the resolutions that have been proposed to be tabled for consideration and approval by the members of Meatco, and the motion that was submitted by some members are problematic because: “In respect of Resolution No.1: the members are at liberty to express their views with regard to the appointment of the Board of Directors however, the members do not have the powers to decide whether an appointment of directors is valid in law, as this would be a matter for the Courts to decide.”
She noted that passing a resolution that the Board has not properly constituted, does not have any legal binding effect.
She added that in respect of Resolution No.2, the Board of Directors takes note of the motion, however it is pointed out that the members do not have the power to require board members to resign.
“The power to remove Directors is regulated by the Meatco Act and vests in the Minister. Whether individual board members resign if the motion is adopted is a decision that only the board members individually would be able to take.
In respect of Resolution No.3 and 4, the members can resolve to approach the Ministry,” she said.
Namundjebo-Tilahun reiterated that the members do not have the power to resolve that the Meatco Act be reviewed as is suggested, saying the process of amending the Meatco Act would need to be commenced with by the Minister.
“The operational issues which were raised are matters that the Board would be empowered to decide on and not its members,” she concluded. –Sharma Mundingi