ASIDOKONA RESPONSES TO Kelly Mende STATEMENT.


Dear Anthony Morant,

As you know in running the mine, the Mining Act requires us to engage certified Mine Managers. Because the Mine Managers Exams was postponed in December 2015, there is a dearth of certified Mine Managers. The current Mining Act permit us, the incumbent Mining Leaseholder to employ competent individual as acting mine manager for a limited period. MRA conducted its only Mine Managers exam for 2016 in December 2016, and we had three of our senior managers take the exam.

Kelly Mende is one of them and we are told that once the Examination Board is constituted, they will review the candidate’s papers and issue the Mine Manager’s Certificate accordingly.

In mid-December, we noted that a female storekeeper left the mine for her field break and did not return to work according to schedule. We made the necessary checks and after due process terminated her employment for breach of employment terms and rules. It then dawn on us the Kelly Mende went on his field break at the same time and did not return according to the schedule as well.
On 21 December 2016, we wrote to him requesting that he explain his absence. In his response, Kelly informed us that he is terminating his employment with us citing his inability to work under the system and structure set out by the Board of Directors.

From the outset the organization and management structure on how Tolukuma Gold Mines is to be managed by the new owners Asidokona Mining Resources was made known to all senior managers of the company.

Our structure differs from the one used by Petromin. The Directors have not altered the organization structure of the company since its implementation and neither have there been caused to change it.

We have filled up most key vacancies and the most recent being the appointment of Ms. Joy Herea to head the Human Resource function. After slightly more than a year, Kelly now cites that he cannot work with the chain of command and reporting lines set by the Board.

We do not wish to elaborate or dwell on the matter any further.
He has made his decision and we have made ours.
Please, therefore, respect his as well as our decisions.
Thank You
Asidokona Management.

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