Sacky’s future uncertain

20 February 2015 Author  

front Sacky 20 febSacky Shanghala’s future role as the Chairman of the Law Reform and Development Commission (LRDC) remains in the hands of President Hifikepunye Pohamba.


Speaking in an interview this week, Shanghala responded to questions about why he had not yet resigned from his post in Government.

Other public servants who will take up full time positions as members of the National Assembly from 21 March 2015, have already resigned from their posts as required by public service regulations.

“Well I don’t have to resign like other civil servants because I am not one. Nor am I subject to the Public Service Act.

“I am a servant of the state appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the president. He is my boss and he instructs me. Until I receive directions from him I’m busy with consultations and concluding urgent work of the commission,” he said.

Shanghala said he would wait for ‘his boss’ to summon him to hand over his report which covers the time he spent at the helm of the LRDC, and only at that point will he know what his next move would be.

“I expect that the president will call me to discuss issues with me, and from there it will be up to him to tell the nation if he is satisfied with my work or not,” he said.

The LRDC Chairman said that anything was possible and that President Pohamba had the prerogative to leave him in his position until his successor (Geingob) decides what to do with him.

Shanghala however, could not reveal whether he would accept a request to remain at the Law Reform Commission as opposed to heading to the National Assembly in March if asked.

“I serve at the pleasure of the president. If at this very moment he requires me to go to London, then that is where I will head too immediately,” he said.

Shanghala landed at number 47 on the Swapo Party National Assembly list at the party’s electoral college, which took place in Windhoek at the end of August last year.

He also played a leading role in pushing for the Third Constitutional Amendment Bill that saw the number of members of the National Assembly increased from 72 to 96.

At the time, it was widely speculated that he would become the new minister of justice or attorney general, but such talk appears to have receded in recent weeks. – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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