Namibia being run like a ‘ghetto’: Liswaniso

01 May 2019 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 01 MAY (NAMPA) – Namibia National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) leader, Albert Liswaniso said Namibia is a country being run like a ‘ghetto’, where accountability is non-existent and a fertile ground for corruption.
In the hard-hitting 19-page dossier delivered on May Day here on Wednesday, Liswaniso vented his frustrations over the state of affairs in the country.
Although poorly attended, this year’s event was held under the theme ‘Workers Unite Against Corruption for Good Corporate Governance and Sustainable Employment’.
He mainly took issue with government’s lackluster approach to fight corruption; land that is being sold to foreigners via dubious deals and unilateral decisions taken by politicians without consulting relevant stakeholders.
“NUNW is disturbed by corruption and mismanagement in both public and private sectors,” he said.
Liswaniso took further issue with high-ranking government officials who were among the attendants.
He said legal instruments such as the Anti-Corruption Commission were being used by politicians to mainly target what he termed “small fish” while vindicating those who really steal from the poor.
“This corruption friendly practice of recycling corrupt official is still continuing…those corrupt were simply recycled within public offices and continued to cause harm to efficient management and governance of public resources,” he charged.
The comments come at a time when education minister, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa stands accused of having misused her former position as governor of Hardap to benefit two of her relatives with the allocation of government-funded housing at Mariental.
A charge she has flatly denied.
The unionist indicated that this situation has dire consequences and has placed Namibia in a backward trajectory as state-owned enterprises have now been turned into self-enrichment schemes.
Swapo Secretary General, Sophia Shaningwa, who attended the event in the place of President Hage Geingob promised to convey the message to her superior.
She promised that they would have elevated talks with the union to ensure that workers' plights are addressed.