I sacrificed my youth for this country: Imalwa

Prosecutor General (PG) Martha Imalwa sacrificed her youth for the independence of Namibia and has appealed for an end to a deliberate crusade to discredit her to come to an end.

Despite not enjoying her youth due to her participation in the liberation struggle, what Namibians have rewarded her with for her service is psychological torture.

According to Imalwa, she is considered by many Namibians as the chief of corruption, a term that has epitomised her as the most corrupt person in the country, she said.

The PG made this emotional account at a press conference in the capital on Wednesday when she confronted the media.

If I am corrupt, why have I not been persecuted? she asked, adding that she is not above the law.

Imalwa was first appointed as PG in 2003 for a duration of 10 years before her mandate was renewed in 2013 when she was given a second term, this time for years.

I succeeded. That is how I got the post. And because of my performance, my term was extended, she reiterated.

Imalwa is Namibia's second prosecutor general. Her predecessor, the late Hans Heyman, served from March 1990 until the end of November 2002.

She is appointed on the recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission.

On her 16 years at the helm of Namibia prosecuting agency, Imalwa was surprised by why her term is being questioned.

I don't know why you are saying I have overstayed. Is it because of Imalwa? There are judges who were appointed before I came in this post [who] are still on the bench, she said.

The PG added: There is something sinister against Imalwa. Is it because I am a woman? Is it because I came from an unknown family?

At this stage, a clearly agitated Imalwa also indicated that she continues to occupy the position of PG on merit when quizzed whether or not she has overstayed and gotten too comfortable in her role.

The PG then narrated how she started from humble beginnings to reach the pinnacle of her career.

I am from a subsistence farmer (referring to her father). My mother is a housewife, Imalwa said.

The PG dismissed claims that she has been shielding prominent politicians and their cronies from prosecution and that she allows them to disregard the country's laws with impunity.

I don't even know what is happening there [in Swapo]. I don't sit in Swapo meetings. I supported Swapo when I was in exile.[but] being in exile doesn't that you are a politician. We were fighting for the independence of this country. And it doesn't mean if you were there then you cannot do your work independently, she said.

In essence, the PG has the power to make the ultimate decision to prosecute suspected offenders or not to prosecute them.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

I sacrificed my youth for this country: Imalwa

Prosecutor General (PG) Martha Imalwa sacrificed her youth for the independence of Namibia and has appealed for an end to a deliberate crusade to discredit her to come to an end.

Despite not enjoying her youth due to her participation in the liberation struggle, what Namibians have rewarded her with for her service is psychological torture.

According to Imalwa, she is considered by many Namibians as the chief of corruption, a term that has epitomised her as the most corrupt person in the country, she said.

The PG made this emotional account at a press conference in the capital on Wednesday when she confronted the media.

If I am corrupt, why have I not been persecuted? she asked, adding that she is not above the law.

Imalwa was first appointed as PG in 2003 for a duration of 10 years before her mandate was renewed in 2013 when she was given a second term, this time for years.

I succeeded. That is how I got the post. And because of my performance, my term was extended, she reiterated.

Imalwa is Namibia's second prosecutor general. Her predecessor, the late Hans Heyman, served from March 1990 until the end of November 2002.

She is appointed on the recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission.

On her 16 years at the helm of Namibia prosecuting agency, Imalwa was surprised by why her term is being questioned.

I don't know why you are saying I have overstayed. Is it because of Imalwa? There are judges who were appointed before I came in this post [who] are still on the bench, she said.

The PG added: There is something sinister against Imalwa. Is it because I am a woman? Is it because I came from an unknown family?

At this stage, a clearly agitated Imalwa also indicated that she continues to occupy the position of PG on merit when quizzed whether or not she has overstayed and gotten too comfortable in her role.

The PG then narrated how she started from humble beginnings to reach the pinnacle of her career.

I am from a subsistence farmer (referring to her father). My mother is a housewife, Imalwa said.

The PG dismissed claims that she has been shielding prominent politicians and their cronies from prosecution and that she allows them to disregard the country's laws with impunity.

I don't even know what is happening there [in Swapo]. I don't sit in Swapo meetings. I supported Swapo when I was in exile.[but] being in exile doesn't that you are a politician. We were fighting for the independence of this country. And it doesn't mean if you were there then you cannot do your work independently, she said.

In essence, the PG has the power to make the ultimate decision to prosecute suspected offenders or not to prosecute them.

Source: Namibia Press Agency