_ President Hage Geingob is either ignorant, detached from Namibia or lives on a completely foreign island where corruption is not systemic.This was said by Landless People’s Movement (LPM) national political czar and City of Windhoek Councillor, Ivan …
_ President Hage Geingob is either ignorant, detached from Namibia or lives on a completely foreign island where corruption is not systemic.
This was said by Landless People’s Movement (LPM) national political czar and City of Windhoek Councillor, Ivan Skrywer in a media statement on Wednesday.
His remarks are in response to Geingob’s comments in which the president reaffirmed his position that corruption in Namibia is not systemic as many want to portray it.
“Although corruption is not systemic in Namibia, we recognise that some corrupt officials have tainted the name of the country,” Geingob said on Tuesday at the 2021 opening of Cabinet.
While he is yet to announce any radical measures to combat graft, Geingob did maintain that it is unacceptable in whatever form it manifests itself.
“Corruption in any forms, e.g. kickbacks, or percentage commission for the amount of a contract, is unacceptable,” he said.
But the LPM politician believes Geingob is being disingenuous.
“That’s a very irresponsible and misleading statement by the president, especially with what’s happening with the Fishrot syndicate of corrupt senior officials and the implication of the ruling party in the matter,” Skrywer opined.
He said the president is inadvertently or deliberately watering down the seriousness of corruption in Namibia.
“When you say perception created, you are immediately reducing the corruption argument to that of hearsay, fabrication, propaganda, etc. That’s cognitive dissonance of the highest order,” he said.
The LPM politician is also of the view that Namibians have suffered greatly at the hands of corruption and those who drive it.
“The results of corruption are landlessness, homelessness, unemployment, a collapsing health sector and more. Therefore systemic corruption can’t merely be a created perception, but rather an experience, lived through, seen, heard and smelled,” Skrywer charged.
He stated that corruption is both systemic and endemic in Namibia “and it’s time that the president and his hand clappers stop undermining the intelligence of the Namibian people”.
On Tuesday, other opposition parties including the Popular Democratic Movement also came out strongly dismissing Geingob’s assertion on corruption.
Political analyst Graham Hopwood also joined in.
“While corruption might not be endemic - present throughout society from top to bottom - in Namibia, it is systemic in that the way the government operates at the top level has allowed corruption to take place,” Hopwood was quoted as saying by the Namibian Sun on Wednesday.