Parliament has finally released asset declarations by Members of Parliament in line with provisions of the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament Act of 1996 and a directive from President Hage Geingob.
The Windhoek Observer has seen the 2015 and 2016 asset registers of 104 parliamentarians who have declared their assets and interests, a move aimed at bringing transparency and accountability in the public sector.
Assets register was initially expected to be released three years ago when Geingob and the First Lady, Monica Geingos, voluntarily declared their assets.
Parliamentarians last declared their assets and interests in 2009.
A local daily reported two weeks ago that National Assembly Speaker, Professor Peter Katjavivi had blamed parliamentary bureaucracy and budget cuts for not making MPs’ assets declarations public.
The release comes days after Geingob urged the Speaker of Parliament to release the asset declaration for transparency.
“…let us all ensure that as elected officials, our acts on behalf of the people are good, so that these good acts lead to positive outcomes, rather than bad acts which will result in negative outcomes. Therefore, let us be accountable and transparent in our actions because if we cannot retain the trust of the people, then we cannot effectively govern on their behalf,” Geingob said during the official opening of Parliament on 13 February.
A quick scan of the asset register, however, seems to suggest that prominent officials including Prime Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila; Deputy Prime Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah; Minister of Justice, Sackeus Shanghala; Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister, Alpheus !Naruseb; Education Minister, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa and Labour Minister, Erkki Nghimtina, have failed to heed the president’s call to declare their full assets to the public.
In the 2015 and 2016 asset declaration, none of the 104 parliamentarian declared that they own vehicles, except newly-appointed Public Enterprises Deputy Minister, Veikko Nekundi.
Shanghala’s asset declaration reveals that he has 50% shares in Olea Investment 9cc, 50% shares in erf 3485 in Ongwediva, 10% shares in Madawa Investment cc.
Shanghala also pointed out that he benefits from three different trusts namely: Omholo, Cambadara and Aaron Mushimba’s family trust.
His asset register shows that he is still waiting for confirmation to get land from land boards in Oshikoto and Kunene regions.
Nghimtina said he only owns 400 shares in Old Mutual, a house in Windhoek measuring 1,050 sqm, a farm in Otavi measuring 5,400 hectares, a traditional house in Omahenge at a plot measuring 9,8 hectares.
Basic Education Minister, Hanse-Himarwa, declared that she owns 15% shares in Moria fishing and a residential property in Mariental.
Himarwa came under fire mid-last year, when former Hardap Chief Regional Officer Yvonne Boois, accused her and National Council Chairperson, Margaret Mensah-Williams, of side-lining her in a company called Hotago Fishng CC, which they have been partners.
Deputy Prime Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah revealed that she only owns two houses - one in Henties Bay and another in Eenhana - and a farm measuring 6,200 hectares.
Except for a residential house in Omuthiya, which he declared in 2015, Defence Minister, Penda ya Ndakolo, declared nothing in his 2016 asset register.
Minister of Works and Transport John Mutorwa’s asset register shows that he is not linked to any company. He declared having four houses - two in Rundu, one in Windhoek, and one in Shankara village.
Minister of Safety and Security, Charles Namoloh, declared only a traditional homestead and a farm in Kavango while Vice President Nangolo Mbumba declared that he has a 30% shareholding in Ondangwa service station and 70% shares in Agra. He also declared two houses in Windhoek.
Jerry Ekandjo declared having a farm in Okahandja, a residential property in Windhoek and a plot in the Brakwater area.
Deputy Minister responsible for Disability Affairs in the Vice President’s Office, Alexia Manombe-Ncube, said she has 5% shares in TVD fishing 641 block, and two houses in Windhoek and Swakopmund.
Prime minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila declared having 50% shares in Seize the Moment Investment 56 cc, a farm and three properties, all in Windhoek.
National Assembly Deputy Speaker, Loide Kasingo, declared that she owns 16% shares in Luxury Investment 165, a medical health administration company. She also has two houses in Swakopmund and Windhoek.
Below is a list of some of the assets declared by the MPs: