Govt allegedly sets aside N.dollars 10 million to defend itself in Sardarov deal

18 Dec 2018 09:30am
WINDHOEK, 18 DEC (NAMPA) – The Namibian Government is alleged to have set aside N.dollars 10 million to pay six lawyers to defend the state being sued by the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) for leasing four farms to Russian billionaire Rashid Sardarov.
It is alleged that the government wants to bring in two lawyers from Russia, two from South Africa and two from Namibia to defend it in court.
This is according to PDM Secretary-General Manuel Ngaringombe.
Ngaringombe told the media here Monday his party is aware of the government’s intention to assign the six lawyers and that N.dollars 10 million has been set aside by the State for legal costs.
“It is going to be Goliath versus David; they should be aware that we are coming. We will fight the government and its Russian friend. They are willing to spend tax payers’ money to defend a foreigner at the expense of local people,” stressed Ngaringombe.
He also confirmed that his party signed off the legal filing against the government and the Russian last week Friday and that it is now with their lawyers.
When called for comment, Attorney-General Albert Kawana said he was not aware of the matter and could not comment on a case that is before court.
“I am on leave and I have not seen any document but if it is true, I still cannot comment on a case that is before court otherwise I will be violating the Constitution,” said Kawana.
Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein also said he does not know anything about the lawyers or money set aside for that particular case.
“I am on leave and I am not aware of it,” said Schlettwein.
The government recently leased four farms for 99 years to Sardarov, in addition to five farms that he already occupied. In return, Sardarov will invest about N.dollars 1 billion, creating hundreds of tourism jobs, and boost nature conservation.