Wealthy blacks in for a rude awakening

New Era, December 6, 2016, by Toivo Ndjebela

Hage Geingob wealthy blacksWealthy black Namibians could be targeted for redistribution of national resources, President Hage Geingob hinted strongly last week in London.

Geingob said the perception that his government was only targeting whites – who inherently benefited from the apartheid system – for redistribution was way off the mark.

Those who have benefited from the national economy, whether white or black, would be required to cede some of their wealth to help their compatriots who are struggling to make ends meet.

In its current form, the proposed New Equitable Economic Empowerment Framework (NEEEF) only states that white-owned businesses set up after this policy is adopted would be required to cede 25 percent of their equities to those previously discriminated on the basis of their skin colour.

Black Namibians suffered the full brunt of the apartheid system, which perpetuated white supremacy over other races in the country.

Faced with tough questions from investors and analysts in London last week, with some questioning whether the Namibian government was reversing racism by empowering blacks only, Geingob said his government’s main target now is wealthy Namibians – whether khaki, black or white. He was unapologetic in his observation that white Namibians inadvertently benefited from a system that placed them above other races, but said it would be unfair to target them alone. “We have nothing against whites. But we can’t have some people too rich at the expense of others, while benefiting from national resources. All wealthy people must share – whether black or white,” he said on Friday during a public lecture held at the Chatham House, an international affairs think tank based in London. “That’s why we removed the term ‘black’ from the name of the new framework.”


Anti-Corruption Commission publishes Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan 2016 - 2019

4The Government of the Republic of Namibia signed the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) on the 9th of December 2003 and ratified it on the 3rd of August 2004. Article 5 of the UNCAC requires State Parties to develop and implement a comprehensive National Anti-Corruption Strategy.

The said article reads as follows: “Article 5: Preventive anti-corruption policies and practices 1. Each State Party shall, in accordance with the fundamental principles of its legal system, develop and implement or maintain effective, coordinated anti-corruption policies that promote the participation of society and reflect the principles of the rule of law, proper management of public affairs and public property, integrity, transparency and accountability.”

In Namibia, this process had started as early as 1996 with the appointment of a Technical Committee on the Promotion of Ethics and Combating of Corruption by the Office of the Prime Minister, which made wide-ranging recommendations for a National Integrity Strategy for Namibia based on the inputs of many local stakeholders and international experts. These recommendations ultimately led to the enactment of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2003 (Act No. 8 of 2003) and the establishment of the Anti-Corruption Commission.

In 2013, the Anti-Corruption Commission appointed a technical working committee to oversee the development of a specific National Anti-Corruption Strategy through an extensive consultative process. Consultative public hearings to discuss issues to be included in the National Anti-Corruption Strategy were conducted throughout Namibia by the Anti-Corruption Commission and the technical working committee. Consultations also included discussions with specific stakeholders, experts and academics, an investigation into international best practices, a literature study as well as a study of all relevant national laws and international treaties and conventions signed and/or ratified by the Government of the Republic of Namibia. Personal submissions were also received. This National Anti-Corruption Strategy is the result of these extensive consultative processes and studies.

Please, click here to download the 52-pages booklet....

MPs talk climate change
New Era, November 30, 2016, by Elvis Muraranganda

 DSC3789 01photo: Werner Niebel, reweni; please click on the photo to enlarge the picture

Namibian members of parliament have pledged to join the rest of the global village to ensure that the country maximizes her sustainable resource management measures in order to protect mother earth. This pledge was made during a meeting between the Namibia Conservation Parliamentary Caucus (NACOPAC) with local stakeholders in the conservation field.

It was the first-ever stakeholder engagement forum on wildlife management and was sponsored by the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF).

“As legislators, we are very sensitive towards the sustainable management of our resources in such a way that they can benefit both our current and future generations,” said NACOPAC chairperson and Swapo MP Bernadette Jagger. She said Namibia will join the global fight on climate change “because the degradation of our planet is at the peril of mankind”. “Namibia like many other countries has not been spared the wrath of global warming and its consequential externalities of climate change,” she said. Jagger told the meeting that currently the country has faced an over two-year prolonged drought, which is threatening to deplete potable water sources. To make matters worse, most of Namibia is a semi-arid/arid country, implying that it is a landscape which is “highly susceptible to degradation and thus intricately fragile”. “To aggravate this challenge, like the rest of the region, we have been infiltrated by international environmental crime syndicates, which have recruited both internationally and locally and are trespassing in our conservation areas to poach our rhinos and elephants.”


Geingob woos French investors

New Era, November 30, 2016, by Staff Reporters

Geingob 3Namibia has a world-class financial system, modern shopping malls and top hotels and lodges that provide a high standard of living for investors who would want to invest and live in Namibia.

This was the message of President Hage Geingob at the Movement of the Enterprises of France (MEDEF) business event held in Paris yesterday morning.

“Namibia’s institutions are strong. Our judiciary is independent and the rule of law prevails,” Geingob told potential French investors. He said currently Namibia is working hard to continuously strengthen the country’s governance architecture.

“We believe accountability and transparency are important to increase trust levels between all stakeholders in a democratic society and in the world,” he said. “As potential investors we would like to assure that you can put your trust in Namibia’s institutions and political system,” he added. He said Namibia has a conducive environment for doing business, while its physical infrastructure is on par with that of the developed world. “Medical services and recreational facilities are available,” he noted. On the continent, he said, Namibia sets the pace when it comes to macro-economic architecture. He cited its well contained debt in relation to GDP, with an internal default rating by Fitch of BBB-; robust economic growth, although there is a slight slowdown in economic activity this year; huge contractual savings in search of local investment opportunities, and a sound banking system that is rated 22nd in the world by the World Economic Forum, as some of the key indicators that attest to the strength of its macro-economic architecture.

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Nujoma, Pohamba in Cuba for Castro memorial

The Namibian, 2016-11-29

STANDING BY COMRADES ... Former Presidents Hifikepunye Pohamba (left) and Sam Nujoma are in Cuba to attend the memorial service of Fidel Castro; please click on the photo to enlarge image.

FORMER Namibian heads of state Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba left for Cuba yesterday to attend the memorial service of former Cuban president Fidel Castro. They departed from the Hosea Kutako International Airport at around 11h00. Castro died on Friday at the age of 90 and a memorial service will be held in his honour in Havana today.

The two former presidents will join President Hage Geingob for the memorial service. Geingob is currently in France for an official visit. President Geingob was scheduled to meet with France's president François Hollande yesterday before flying to Cuba. He will then travel to the UK, where he is amongst others expected to have an audience with Queen Elizabeth II.

In an earlier interview with Nampa, Nujoma described Castro as a legendary, revolutionary leader who has earned his place in modern history through his strong stance against imperialism and exceptional resilience against colonialism. Nujoma last saw Castro when he paid him a visit on 29 September during an official visit to Cuba.

The Cuban government has declared nine days of mourning starting Saturday. Castro's remains were cremated on Saturday and the mourning period will include a tour of his ashes throughout Cuba. A State funeral will then be held on 4 December 2016. Castro's rescue operation during the attack on the Namibian refugee camp in Cassinga, Angola, by South African troops in 1978, and the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale, are some of his memorable contributions to Namibia's liberation struggle.

After the Cassinga attacks in 1978, a group of survivors went to Cuba in 1979. Most of them grew up in Cuba, where they continued with their studies. Today, many of them are doctors, nurses, teachers and journalists.

Under Castro's leadership, Cuba not only contributed to the lives of Namibians, but also Africans at large. Between 1987 and 1988, Cuban troops aided Angolan troops as they encountered South African forces along the Namibian border, which eventually led to Namibia's independence. – Nampa

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