MPs acquired fishing quotas through legal procedures: Kandetu

08 Mar 2018 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 08 MAR (NAMPA) – Parliamentarians acquired farms and fishing quotas through legal procedures as per Namibia’s laws, Secretary of the National Assembly Lydia Kandetu has said.
She was responding to media reports last week that some Members of Parliament (MPs) either own or are directors of fishing companies and also own farms or farming companies.
“Some of the members were allocated fishing quotas in their individual capacity before they were elected to become Members of Parliament,” she said in a statement issued on Wednesday.
Kandetu explained that MPs by law are required to declare their financial assets and interests on an annual basis.
“Some of the assets for MPs may either increase or decrease since some activities or companies become dormant, therefore companies that are dormant might not be declared in the following year,” she said.
Kandetu said the main purpose of the declaration of MPs’ business and financial interests is to ensure that Namibia’s elected leaders maintain the highest standards of propriety to ensure that their integrity and that of the political institutions they serve are beyond reproach.
It was reported in local weekly newspaper, The Patriot, that although fishing rights were awarded before some of the mentioned lawmakers entered Parliament, most of them were in a position of influence when they applied for the coveted rights.
Some of the serving lawmakers were ministers, deputy ministers, regional governors and town mayors when the rights were issued almost a decade ago.