The reelected president of Namibia promises to fight corruption
WINGHOEK: Namibia new president re-elected Hage Geingob He promised on Monday to intensify the fight against grafting, as a corruption scandal along with a recession fueled popular discontent against the ruling party.
I will intensify the fight against corruption at all levels, so that we can stop this evil, Geingob said in his first public address since his re-election was declared on Saturday.
Geingob's South West Africa People's Party (SWAPO) has been in power since Namibia 's independence from South Africa in 1990, and is widely hailed for its role in the liberation struggle.
But Geingob's re-election in last week's vote was clouded by a three-year recession, high unemployment and drought, as well as a WikiLeaks report exposing the alleged corruption in the fishing industry involving two former ministers.
Geingob, who will be serving his second and last term, said the SWAPO-led government understands Namibia ns' anger over the corruption allegations as graft diverts public resources intended for development.
Fishing is one of Namibia 's key economic sectors, second only to mining.
As a result of the accusations, the politburo of the party withdrew Bernard Esau, the former fisheries minister and former justice minister Sakeus Shanghala from the National Assembly.
Both were arrested in November on corruption charges, money laundering and tax evasion, after media reports implicating them in a bribe scheme of 150 million (US $ 10 million).
Your bond hearing is expected to take place on February 20, 2020.
In his televised address, Geingob thanked the voters for their support in what he called one of the toughest elections in Namibia 's history.
Geingob was declared the Saturday winner of the country's presidential elections with a diminished majority of 56.3 percent, the worst performance of any candidate of the ruling party in almost 30 years.
Both the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional bloc and the Commonwealth observers praised last Wednesday's surveys as generally peaceful.
But some elements of the opposition have alleged electoral fraud.