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Geingob summons defence minister

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President Hage Geingob has summoned Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs Peter Vilho following allegations of illicit proceeds in an undeclared foreign bank account, in Hong Kong.A statement issued by the Presidency on Thursday said the defence min…

President Hage Geingob has summoned Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs Peter Vilho following allegations of illicit proceeds in an undeclared foreign bank account, in Hong Kong.

A statement issued by the Presidency on Thursday said the defence minister is summoned to a meeting scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 06 April 2021.

According to the statement, Geingob summoned Vilho following consultations with the Vice-President, Nangola Mbumba, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.

The call follows a report in a local newspaper on Thursday that stated that the defence minister has been linked to a bank account in Hong Kong which according to the publication was investigated as part of alleged kick-backs linked to a N.dollars 1.8 billion arms tender 13 years ago.

In the same vein, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) president McHenry Venaani wrote an open letter to Geingob on Wednesday, calling on him to recall Vilho in order to allow for an even-handed investigation into a barrage of corruption allegations against Vilho, the Ministry of Defence and its subsidiary company, August 26.

Source: Namibia Press Agency