Namandje denies involvement in Fishrot saga

Namandje denies involvement in Fishrot saga
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NAMPA

Lawyer Sisa Namandje has denied any involvement in the Fishrot scandal where former ministers Bernard Esau and Sacky Shanghala are allegedly involved in a fishing scheme that generated about N$150 million.
Responding to questions on Thursday, Namandje said he does not feature in any part of the alleged scheme after his name was mentioned along with Shanghala’s in recent video clips publicised.
“I am not in the video. Ask those who are in the video in what context and why my name was mentioned. So it is not me in the video for the record,” Namandje said.
An exposé published in a local daily newspaper, as well as international media, purported Esau, Shanghala as well as Investec Namibia's managing director, James Hatuikulipi, of allegedly being involved in a fishing scheme that generated at least N$150 million over four years.
In several of the video clips that were released with the exposé, Namandje was mentioned and he was suspected to be in one of the clips.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) said it has instituted investigations into allegations that former Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhardt Esau, ignored regulations when he handpicked a relative to head the board of a State-owned company.
In September 2019, ACC confirmed to a local daily newspaper that it was investigating Esau and Fishcor board chairperson, James Hatuikulipi on allegations that Esau contravened the Fishcor Act after he appointed Hatuikulipi as chairperson, instead of letting the other board members do the appointment as per the law.
Responding to questions, Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Inspector General, Sebastian Ndeitunga on Sunday, said the former ministers’ assets or bank accounts were not seized or frozen.
“Their assets have not been seized or accounts have not been frozen not that I am aware of,”Ndeitunga said.
-NAMPA