Namoloh Blasts MPs Over Offshore Accounts

THE Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, Charles Namoloh, has lashed out at fellow politicians who accumulate wealth but save their money in offshore bank accounts and continue to buy properties there.

Namoloh was commenting on the debate about the Pan-African Parliament after members of parliament had expressed dissatisfaction over young people who are leaving the continent to work in Western countries.

“You find that we accumulate wealth and then bank our money in those [Western] countries,” Namoloh said.

The former Minister of Defence urged politicians to bank wealth in their own countries.

He said: “I think some of us were taught a lesson” because of sanctions that are placed which result in money in those banks being frozen.

“This money can be used to develop our own country but it, instead, goes outside. We own so many infrastructure outside our country. You hear of villas outside the country owned by [local] politicians but not here,” he said.

It remains unclear which Namibian politicians own assets outside the country and money in offshore bank accounts since the parliamentarians’ asset register has not been updated since 2009, and questions have been raised on why the register has not been updated, amid claims that politicians are strategically delayed it.

Namoloh said people should call a spade a spade and that the current decisions by leaders will haunt them in the future, especially when huge sums of money which is supposed to help develop their countries are shipped to foreign countries.

“Where will we get the money if the money is banked outside?” he asked. He said politicians should stop crying foul, but face reality and correct their mistakes.

“Our children will run, because we have not created conducive conditions for them to do what they want to do,” he said, adding that some of the youth running away are doing so for better opportunities in the West.

He said some Africans in the diaspora refuse to come back because of the poor working conditions. “Look at our infrastructure back home, it is pathetic. You cannot bring a well-qualified doctor to work in one of our hospitals where equipment is not functioning. How can someone come here to do nothing?” Namoloh asked.

Minister of Presidential Affairs Albert Kawana was one of the politicians who had expressed dissatisfaction over the migration of the African youth to Western counties.

“Every year, we lose the cream of this continent (to the West), with a view of getting a better life,” he said.

RDP vice president Steve Bezuidenhout said there is need to start valuing Namibian professionals. “We believe much more in them [foreign graduates] than our own people. We have a low confidence in our own professionals.”

CoD president Ben Ulenga accused the youth of lacking self-esteem and becoming too westernised. He said most young people are interested in non issues.

“The fairer their of complexion and the softer the texture of the hair the better. It’s too much of leaning west,” he said. He suggested that a compulsory national youth service be introduced.

“The is a need to insist on the youths ploughing back (to society). Those who want to go away later, can go away. We should have a law that says your country has given you so much, now it is time to take three to five years ploughing back,” he said.

Source : The Namibian