Governance

Geingob needed to act on Vilho: Kamanyah

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Political analyst Ndumba Kamanyah said President Hage Geingob had no choice but to do something about former Defence Minister, Hafeni Peter Vilho, or it would have backfired and weakened the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP). Kamanyah made these comments in an […]

Political analyst Ndumba Kamanyah said President Hage Geingob had no choice but to do something about former Defence Minister, Hafeni Peter Vilho, or it would have backfired and weakened the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP).

Kamanyah made these comments in an interview with Nampa on Wednesday, while reacting to the resignation of Vilho as Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs.

Vilho resigned on Tuesday after he had met with Geingob to explain the alleged undeclared bank accounts in a foreign country registered under his name.

Kamanyah said Vilho’s resignation did not come as a surprise after the latter admitted to having an undeclared bank account in Hong Kong. Therefore the public was expecting president Geingob to act and walk the talk of fighting corruption as he highlighted in HPP for ministers to declare their assets. Had he not done anything about it, it then would have undermined his authority and weakened HPP.

“Asset declaration is featuring heavily in President Hage Geingob’s HPP, then you have a minister who did not declare his bank account in a foreign country. So from that perspective, if Geingob did not do anything about it, then it would have weakened his HPP, and also make asset declaration just a superficial exercise. So there is no way he could have avoided it. They are saying that he resigned but I also think he was also pushed to resign,” said Kamanyah.

Popular Democratic Movement Member of Parliament, who is also the shadow minister in the Ministry of Defence, Martin Johannes, said they welcome Vilho’s resignation because it is something his party has been advocating for and that they lost trust in the minister and the ministry itself.

“It is something we have been pushing for and planned to keep pushing for the minister to either resign or for the president to fire him. This is someone that has been entrusted with the country’s national security, yet he is the one with undeclared bank accounts in a foreign country. So we are happy and welcome the move,” said Martin.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

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