THE Namibia National Student Organization (NANSO) has dismissed allegations that the representative body benefited from the Fishrot corruption scandal and did not receive an amount of N$60 000 in 2017.
NANSO President, Simon Taapopi said that an investigation into the allegations revealed that no such transactions have been made.
“Our preliminary findings prove that NANSO did not receive any funds in its bank account on 27 November 2017. Our bank records between the periods of 31 October 2017 and 31 December are available for scrutiny and can be provided upon request. NANSO is not shy of answering to its constituency and welcomes any further questions which may comfort students and learners in Namibia,” Taapopi said.
Media reports have it that NANSO received N$60 000 from the law firm De Klerk, Horn and Coetzee Incorporated, co-owned by wanted lawyer Maren de Klerk, Former Justice Minister Sakeus Shanghala’s lawyer. The payment, according to reports was made days before NANSO’s elective congress.
In a letter seen by Informanté, addressed to the law firm, NANSO president Taapopi requests the firm to provide the names of people who requested the said monies on behalf of NANSO. He further requests for the bank account number as well as the proof of payment and intended purposes of the money.
“Accountability and transparency are both significant pillars of our organization and our activism and it is for this reason that we seek clarity on the matter not only for the organisation but most importantly for our students and learners in Namibia. We would like to believe or at least assume that your law firm is centred on the preservation of law, we trust that our letter of inquiry will be matched with a positive and prompt response,” the letter reads.