Venaani furious as Geingob evades A-team salary disclosure

05 Apr 2016 20:50pm
WINDHOEK, 05 APR (NAMPA) – DTA of Namibia President McHenry Venaani was furious that President Hage Geingob evaded some questions on pressing issues during the 2016 State of the Nation Address (Sona) in Parliament here on Tuesday.
“We are dealing with a president who claims to be transparent when he is not being transparent,” a disappointed Venaani told Nampa after the Sona.
Venaani said the Sona was a “half state of the nation address” because the president did not report on any policies, nor indicate how many bills would be tabled in the National Assembly this year as expected.
Geingob also evaded questions on the disclosure of his special advisory team's salaries following Venaani’s request for him to do so during the question and answer session of the Sona with Parliamentarians.
The eight special advisors were appointed in June 2015 to assist the president on various scopes from constitutional matters and human rights to youth unemployment and development. The team was selected as per experience in the public and private sector.
Venaani asked the Head of State why the salary scales of his A-team had not been availed, while the president freely spoke of a transparent government.
“Salaries in the country are not a secret at all,” was Geingob's response to the official opposition leader's query.
Venaani also asked why Government had not commissioned an investigation into Telecom Namibia's N.dollars 600 million investment in Angola.
The national telecommunications utility poured millions into two loss making ventures with no returns since 2006 in a deal with the telecommunications and information and communications technology (ICT) services provider, Mundo Startel in Angola.
The DTA leader also noted that Telecom Namibia had also not presented any audited financial statements in the National Assembly, which is a requirement by law.
“Will you allow that situation to continue unabated?” Venaani asked.
Geingob, however, ignored the questions on the telecommunications company's investment and presentation of audited financial statements.