ESAU and Shanghala, two ministers suspected of an alleged international fish scandal involving at least three countries and local and international financial institutions jumped ship by resigning rather than facing prepared letters of termination of services from the President, Dr. Hage Geingob.
The Ministry of Information at last lifted the veil behind the Shanghala/Esau-drama after the fisheries scandal landed in the political arena suggesting some lenience from the presidency. Both ministers were preparing to resign when news about a television programme leaked out while Geingob was waiting for them to fire them because of the “lingering suspicions” of alleged corruption that forced Dr. Geingob at an earlier meeting to ask Esua, Shangala, Naruseb and Kandjoze to explain themselves. The letters are with the anti-corruption commission.
The full statement from the ministry of Information reads:
Following wide spread media reports in which the allegations of corrurption were levelled against the ministers of Justice and Fisheries and Marine Resource, His excellenncy President. Dr. Hage G. Geingob intended to relieve the two ministers from their duties when he called the meeting on 13 November 2019. However, the two ministers did the honourable thing and tendered their resignations with immediate effect.
The Government of the Republic of Namibia is on record and would like to reiterate its commitment to fighting corruption unfettered by fear or favour or/and any other consideration. The President has championed this course since assuming office and during his State of the Nation address this year.
Dr. Geingob once again repeated and declared his war against corruption. In sustenance of his resolve, bold steps have been taken to fight corruption in Namibia. This can be attested by the established legal and institutional framework in place to curb corruption including, but not limited to the existence of the Anti-Corruption Commission, his request for some Cabinet Ministers to respond to corrupt and maladministration allegations levelled against them in 2018 and resultant sending of those cases to the ACC for further investigation, cancellation of the Airport Tender, Assets Declaration by MP’s and Ministers. These are laudable evidence to fighting corruption head-on by his administration.
Since assuming office as President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr. Geingob has taken practical steps in promoting Effective Governance, promoting greater transparency and accountability. This has formed much of his actions and discourse during the popular national town hall consultative meetings across the breadth and width of Namibia.
It should therefore be noted that, His Excellency has and never will condone corrupt practices nor protect the corrupt.