A total lot of figures terminate to Namibian President Hage Geingob had been filmed discussing the laundering of political contributions, an Al Jazeera investigation has revealed.
In Anatomy of a Bribe, Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit exposes corruption in Namibia’s fishing enterprise, implicating the nation’s now ragged minister of fisheries and marine sources, Bernhard Esau, along with Geingob’s personal licensed official, Sisa Namandje.
Posing as Chinese traders, Al Jazeera journalists tried to enter the Namibian fishing enterprise to fetch extremely lucrative fishing quotas for a proposed joint-project with Namibian fishing company Omualu.
During the investigation, Esau requested a donation of $200,000 from the Chinese „traders“ for the ruling SWAPO celebration, sooner than the nation’s traditional election that took space on Wednesday.
Filmed by hidden cameras, Esau can additionally be viewed accepting an iPhone from Al Jazeera’s reporters.
Below the instructions of Omualu’s managing director Sacky Kadhila-Amoomo, the donation was to be laundered to the SWAPO celebration, under the guise of a international investment in a real-property.
The donation was to be channelled via the believe fable of Sisa Namandje, who has been the personal licensed official of all Namibian presidents for the reason that nation’s independence in 1990.
„You guys ought to look at out talking to of us about paying the minister,“ Namandje urged the undercover reporters wchicken requested to verify if he was happy along with his believe fable being frail to launder funds to the SWAPO celebration’s election marketing campaign.
„Must you retain up a correspondence to a assortment of of us about that, you are going to finish up … [makes handcuff gesture],“ he continued.
Namandje refused to chat about the origin or the shuffle space of the money passing via his believe fable.
As Al Jazeera’s undercover reporters negotiated a partnership with Omualu, they were requested to invent a $500,000 cost and give a 20 p.c portion of the joint-project to Mike Nghipunya, CEO of the state-flee fishing company Fishcor.
Fishcor would in return provide preferential catch entry to to its fishing quotas, that are dispensed by the minister of fisheries.
As a public authentic, it would be unlawful for Nghipunya to use his authentic situation for personal homicide.
‚I performed along‘
In step with the investigation, Kadhila urged The Namibian newspaper he knew from the beginning the undercover reporters were „false businessmen“.
„I performed along … to be capable to verify my suspicions,“ the Omualu managing director acknowledged.
Kadhila added he reported the matter to the president’s licensed official, Sisa Namandje, who in flip claimed he had alerted police.
The so-called Fishrot Recordsdata, published two weeks ago by Wikileaks, comprised of emails, memos, PowerPoint shows, company financial data, photography and movies, stamp how Samherji, one among Iceland’s greatest fishing corporations, colluded with senior political and enterprise figures in Namibia to homicide preferential catch entry to to the nation’s lucrative fishing grounds.
These senior politicians encompass Esau and the ragged minister of justice Sacky Shanghala, who possess both resigned for the reason that documents were published.
The majority of these funds were invoiced to Samherji as „consultancy costs“, essentially based entirely on the documents.
Whistleblower Stefansson alleges these funds were „bribes“ to be capable to guarantee that Samherji’s advantageous situation within the Namibian fishing enterprise.
Rapidly after Al Jazeera contacted the Namibian authorities for statement both Esau and Shanghala resigned from their positions.
James Hatuikulipi resigned from his job as chairman of Fishcor, whereas Thorsteinn Mar Baldvinsson „stepped apart“ as CEO of Samherji pending an internal investigation by the company.
Baldvinsson additionally resigned from the boards of numerous world fishing corporations owned by Samherji.
Election day arrests
On the day of Namibia’s traditional election on Wednesday, Esau, Shanghala, along with James and Tamson Hatuikulipi and two others were arrested on corruption costs.
The six are accused of fraud and corruption. They state all wrongdoing.
No matter the corruption scandal interesting of us high up within the authorities, incumbent President Hage Geingob and the ruling SWAPO celebration managed to receive the elections, Namibia’s electoral price announced on Saturday.
Closing week, heaps of of protestors marched to the Namibian Anti-Corruption Commission calling for the resignation of director Paulus Noa, after he was accused of no longer taking enough stream in opposition to identified circumstances of corruption within the nation. In response, the Anti-Corruption Commission moved ahead with issuing the arrest warrants.
In Iceland, thousands of of us assembled within the predominant sq. in front of parliament on the weekend to instruct corruption.
Demonstrators called for the resignation of the nation’s Minister of Fisheries Kristjan Thor Juliusson, who frail to be on the board of Samherji.
He has been a terminate buddy with the disgraced ragged CEO Baldvinsson.
Speaking in parliament, the MP for the Icelandic Pirate Birthday celebration, Halldora Mogensen acknowledged „the delusion of Iceland’s innocence is stupid“.
The total events implicated within the fraud in Al Jazeera’s movie state any wrongdoing. In a press assertion, Samherji claims it has „nothing to veil“ from any investigation.