Namibian President Hage Geingob, who has just been re-elected, pledged on Monday to fight corruption in this country marked by a recession and a corruption scandal that has provoked discontent of the population against the ruling party.
« I will step up the fight against corruption at all levels, so that we can stop this evil, » he said in a broadcast speech, the first since his re-election Sunday.
Mr Geingob’s party, SWAPO, has been in power since the country’s independence in 1990.
Three years of recession, high unemployment, drought and Wikileaks news of corruption in the fishing industry – with two former ministers involved – have disturbed the presidential election.
Geingob, who is going to exercise his second and final term, said the government understands Namibians’ anger over corruption that « diverts public resources that should have been used for development » in the country.
Fishing is one of the key sectors of Namibia. It is in second place behind the mining of minerals.
Because of these allegations, SWAPO’s political bureau excluded the two former ministers involved from the National Assembly.
They are former fisheries minister Bernard Esau and former Minister of Justice Sakeus Shanghala.
The two were arrested in November, accused of bribery, money laundering and tax evasion, following the publication in the media of information in a $ 10 million corruption case.
A hearing on their possible release on bail is scheduled for February 20.