Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein says he does not regret his now infamous tweet regarding the ‘fishrot’ saga. This is despite President Hage Geingob’s cabinet statement that ministers should either toe the line – in dealing with the scandal – or resign.
Namibia’s over reliance on power imports in the medium term to keep the lights on, remains under threat as major exporters of power to the country battle load shedding in their respective countries. Neighboring South Africa is battling cuts which have plunged most of the country into regular rounds of darkness.
As Namibia commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Old Location massacre, a new personality has emerged to claim he was a main protagonist in the turn of events that led to the 10th December 1959 massacre – complementing the legacy of celebrated struggle stalwart Rosa Kakurukaze Mungunda.
A large number of 21 properties belonging to the alleged perpetrators in the ‘fishrot’ fishing quota scandal has been attached by the Anti-Corruption Commission of Namibia (ACC), as the investigations into their bribery and money laundering charges gains momentum.
Political analyst Frederico Links has rubbished as a bad idea the call for the nationalisation of Namibian natural resources. He says that doing this will cause even more damage because state service delivery failure is a primary contributor to the hardship Namibians are already experiencing.
With opposition political parties leading the pack in regards to the infusion of young people within their parties’ leadership positions, the Swapo Party Youth League is considering whether to lobby the mother body for the future introduction of a quota system that will ensure the higher placement of younger people on the Parliamentary list.
The news circulating on social media platforms claiming that the planned march and meetings of former independent presidential candidate Dr Panduleni Itula in Windhoek and Oshakati are meant to bring civil unrest, is patently incorrect according to one of organisers of the events.
The Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) has named the reintroduction of Namibia’s botched decentralisation policy as one of the items topping its national agenda, as the party prepares to take its allocated two seats in the Parliament next year.
Long-standing Parliamentarian for the former minister, Jerry Ekandjo resigned from the current parliament which is scheduled to close it session early next year. The former youth and sports minister who was stripped of his ministerial position last year after challenging Geingob for the leadership of the Party is said to have submitted his resignation to Swapo Party Chief Whip Evelyn Nawases-Taeyele on Thursday.
The ruling Swapo party’s silence on allegations that it may have benefitted from the proceeds of the Fishrot bribery scandal is dumbfounding,” according to political pundits.
Video footage shown by Al Jazeera shows the former minister of fisheries, Bernard Esau apparently soliciting some $200,000. A portion of these funds was apparently slated for Swapo political campaigns.