14 Feb 2017 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 14 FEB (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob said no amount of witch-hunt will find him guilty of corruption in his relationship with Chinese businessman, Jack Huang.
I have declared my assets and in that declaration I had that Chinese man there; you can hunt and hunt, you will not get anything on me, said Geingob whilst opening the first Cabinet meeting of 2017 at State House on Tuesday.
Huang is implicated in the N.dollars 3.5 billion tax evasion, fraud and money laundering case.
When we declared all-out war on corruption, I was warned that many corrupt people will react by attacking me through the press; well recently we have read and witnessed the manifestation of that warning, said Geingob.
He said 2017 is the year of rededication to the core national values, including fighting corruption.
Geingob extended gratitude to Cabinet members for declaring their assets, noting that the importance of declaring assets is to foster great transparency and accountability within the executive organ of the State.
We are not trying to witch-hunt, declaring is to protect you.
Geingob urged his Cabinet to deliver on the promises outlined in the Swapo-party Election Manifesto, National Development Plans, as well as in the Harambee Prosperity Plan despite the challenges the country face.
He noted that 2016 was a very difficult year for the global economy and Namibia like many other countries was affected, therefore the country is faced with disruptive financial headwinds.
Let us not feel sorry for ourselves but rather respond to every negative action with a positive reaction, said Geingob.
He indicated that having declared all-out war on poverty and corruption, social pensions will play a vital role as part of the anti-poverty policy, hence the increments of old age pensions from N.dollars 600 per month to N.dollars 1 000 per month in 2016 and by a further N.dollars 200 to N.dollars 1 200 in 2017.