The re-elected Namibian President Hage Geingob is under controversy as an investigation conducted by Al Jazeera has revealed a scandal in the country's fishing industry.

Several key figures close to the president have spoken on the Al Jazeera programme, Anatomy of a Bribe, including the former minister of fisheries and marine resources, Bernhard Esau, along with his the president's personal lawyer, Sisa Namandje, who has been the lawyer of every Namibian president since its independence from South Africa in 1990.

Following the conclusion of the investigation, CEO of the fish company Omualu, steps aside following the resignation of 2 Namibian Ministers.

Al Jazeera investigators used undercover agent-like tactics by posing as investors from China with the aim of acquiring significantly lucrative fishing concessions for a supposed joint venture with the notorious fishing company.

During the undercover operation, Mr Bernhard Esau requested a donation of $R200 000 for the ruling SWAPO (South Western African People's Organisation) party to strengthen their hand ahead of the general elections that took place on Wednesday, 27th Novemner 2019, of which the president was re-elected.

The managing director of the major company, Sacky Kadhila-Amoomo was the alleged mastermind of the deal, who instructed the CEO, Mr Esau, to launder the money to the SWAPO party through a disguised foreign investment in a real estate channelled through the account of Sisa Namandje.

When the CI-Al Jazeera undercover agents negotiated a partnership with Omualo, a $500 000 payment was requested for partnership for a 20% stake of their joint venture to the state run company Fishcor, which is lead by Mr Mike Nghipunya, for the illegal provision of fishing concessions allocated by the minister of fisheries.

When questioned about the investigation, he claimed that he "played along" as he knew that the businessmen were fake.

According to the Fishrot Files published by WikiLeaks, evidence implicating a major fishing company in Iceland (Samherji), displaying the collusion between top Namibian politicians and business figures to gain favourable measures in the country's thriving fishing grounds. $10 Million of total payments have been made since 2012, mostly as 'consulting fees'.

Most of the key players resigned following the investigation, and several arrests were made on the day of Namibias general election funder corruption charges. This has sparked some protests in both Iceland and Namibia, calling for an end to these Fishing Cartels.

All implicated parties are claiming their innocence, but as the saying goes, "Where there is smoke, there is fire," and something here is quite fishy.

Written by Tevin NKS
Edited by Tevin NKS