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Presidency refutes Fishrot allegations

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President Hage Geingob has denied allegations that he has benefited from the Fishrot scandal. A statement issued by the presidency said Geingob will extensively address the insinuations with a view towards demonstrating that the insinuations are false once trial-related rules […]

President Hage Geingob has denied allegations that he has benefited from the Fishrot scandal.

A statement issued by the presidency said Geingob will extensively address the insinuations with a view towards demonstrating that the insinuations are false once trial-related rules and ethics allow it, and at an appropriate time.

This was in reference to allegations that Geingob’s Swapo leadership election campaign was funded with Fishrot money through fishing companies and the national fishing company, Fishcor.

The statement further pointed out that Geingob has in the past denied the allegations and insinuations made against him in the matter.

“The president maintains his position in this respect. The case concerned has now reached a sensitive stage as the prosecutor general has taken a decision, and the case will soon proceed to trial. The president will not seek to jeopardise or influence the administration of justice through public statements induced by the media,” it said.

The seven accused in the matter, including former justice minister Sacky Shanghala and former fisheries minister Bernhardt Esau, are expected to make their first appearance in the Windhoek High Court on 22 April 2021 for a pre-trial conference of case management.

They face several criminal charges for allegedly receiving bribes amounting to more than N.dollars 150 million in return for giving preferential access to Namibia’s fishing grounds to Samherji, one of Iceland’s largest fishing companies.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

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