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Entire fisheries ministry will be put under investigation

Entire fisheries ministry will be put under investigation

Niël Terblancé

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob has directed Dr. Albert Kawana, the Attorney General, who is also acting as the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, to launch an immediate and in depth assessment of the fisheries ministry and the Namibian Fishing Corporation as a matter of urgency.

 

This instruction was given in front of thousands of Swapo supporters at the ruling party’s final star rally in Windhoek where various other achievements in the legal, infrastructural and youth development were presented by the Prime Minister, Ministers and other senior government officials.

 

The instructions to reassess the fisheries industry in Namibia came as people in Iceland launched mass action in protest against the inequalities that corruption has created in their own country. The protests were led by Iceland’s Eurovison band, Hatari.

President Geingob said the he dirceted Dr. Kawana, to immediately undertake an assessment and evaluation of the existing processes and procedures relating to the management and administration of Namibia’s marine resources. Dr. Kawana was instructed to make recommendations to the President in order to prevent and eliminate, if any, instances of maladministration, nepotism and corruption.

 

Dr. Kawana was further instructed to review the affairs and administration of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and the Namibian Fishing Corporation over the last ten years, with the intent to make appropriate recommendations and in cases where he may discover instances of maladministration to take corrective measures and such legal steps as he, himself, deems necessary.”

 

President Geingob said Dr. Kawana must be allowed space and time to carry out his directives in an efficient way.

 

The presidential directive was made as the Anti-Corruption Commission started executing warrants of arrest which saw the former Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhard Esau and Ricardo Gustavo, who resigned as a senior manager at Investec Asset Management, being taken in into custody in Windhoek.

 

Paulus Noa, the Director of the Anti-Corruption Commission, confirmed the arrest of the suspects and said the suspects face charges conspiracy, bribery, corruption, fraud, money laundering and tax evasion.

 

According to a statement issued by the ACC shortly after the first arrests wer emade the investigations established that the agreement on cooperation in fisheries and aquaculture entered between the Government of the Republic of Namibia and the Government of the Republic of Angola did not benefit the ordinary citizens and or contribute to the economy as by the terms of the Agreement.

 

Noa indicated that warrants of arrest have been issued in the names of all the suspects in the corruption scandal and that the arrest of Sacky Shanghala the former Minister of Justice, the former managing director of Investec Asset Management and former chairman of the state-owned fishing company, Fishcor, James Hatuikulipi as well as Fitty Tamson Hatuikulipi, the former fisheries minister’s son in law will follow soon.

 

President Geingob said corruption destroys the fabric of the Namibian society.

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