Demonstration against corruption hijacked

Corruption condemned

10 December 2019 | Crime

Walvis Bay • [email protected]



Hundreds of people took to the streets of Walvis Bay on foot and by car to demonstrate against corruption.

The mass action came after the fishrot scandal which recently surfaced. Six prominent persons have thus far been identified in the corruption case which ensued. They are alleged to have received bribes to ensure a fishing quota was allocated to an Icelandic company.

The fishrot six accused former minister of justice Sacky Shanghala, former minister of fisheries Bernard Esau, former Fishcor board chairperson James Hatuikulipi, businessman Fitty Hatuikulipi, Investec Asset Management senior employee Ricardo Gustavo and Pius Mwatelulo.

Speaking at a gathering after the demonstration, Walvis Bay youth representatives said that they will not remain silent when it comes to corruption. “We will fight corruption, nepotism and injustice until our last breath.”

Gabriel Gabriel also took to the stage and shared how things changed after his father lost his job as a fisherman in 2014. “He was the only breadwinner in the house. Things became very tough as he had to care for me, my mother and seven other siblings without a stable income. I fell into depression, as I had a lot to carry on my shoulders along with my father.”

Hijacked

However, after the demonstration the gathering turned to a political rally in support of former presidential candidate Dr Panduleni Itula and a smear campaign against President Hage Geingob.

The majority of the speeches were done in Oshiwambo with the organisers simply ignoring pleas for translations.

Affirmative Repositioning (AR) founder Job Amupanda was one of the speakers. He was quick to point out that President Hage Geingob needs to be held accountable and said Dr Itula was “clearly the man for the job”.

Itula, who was the main speaker, said that he envisages a nation not separated by political parties. “We should not allow ethnicity or tribalism to divide our nation. That Namibia is about to be born.”

Representatives of opposition parties also rallied behind “the dentist”, alleging that the most recent elections were rigged.

A big blue drum was carried around for people to “donate” towards the legal fees of Itula who is said to be taking the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) to court over the results of the recently concluded elections.

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