Mutorwa On Salini SpA Drama

THE Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa, says like any other company operating in the country, Salini SpA had to follow the laws as enshrined in the Constitution.

He was reacting to reports of the drama that unfolded at the company’s office at Keetmanshoop where journalists were briefly detained on Wednesday. The company was contracted by government to build the Neckartal dam near the town.

The drama unfolded when the company manager, Luigi Pomer, instructed a guard that this reporter, Ellen Nanuses and Eslon Jaepe of NBC and Hoandi !Gaeb of New Era, be detained for taking pictures on the premises.

Pomer demanded that the media representatives, who had gone to the company’s office to cover a raid by the immigration and custom and excise officers, surrender their equipment and tell him who had invited them to the premises, in exchange for their freedom.

In a media release, Mutorwa said: “Due to some public interest and enquiries”, the ministry wishes to provide the following:

That the Republic of Namibia is established as a “sovereign, secular, democratic and unitary State founded upon the principles of democracy, the rule of law and justice for all”. (Article 1 (1) of the Namibian Constitution). “In Namibia, the Constitution is supreme and nobody is above the country’s laws,” Mutorwa explained.

That the work at the Neckartal dam, like all other GRN activities elsewhere, is and must strictly be managed, supervised and practically carried out in accordance with the applicable GRN policy decisions, policy directives and relevant laws of the country.That relevant offices, ministries andor agencies of the government, inclusive of immigration officials and NamPol, who are legally entrusted with the administration and enforcement of such specific policy decisions, policy directives and particularly applicable provisions of the Constitution and laws of the country, regularly ensure that such laws are practically adhered to and firmly, but also fairly, justly and strictly enforced without any fear or favour.

Mutorwa stressed that his ministry as the custodian of the Neckartal dam project shall and must continue ensuring that the project is carried out by Salini SpA, contractors, consultants, and all others involved in line with the contractual agreements and applicable laws of the country.

He urged all stakeholders involved in the project to continue enhancing cooperation, mutual trust and understanding at all time to ensure the successful completion of the project within the agreed time period.

Source : The Namibian