Namibia’s former fisheries minister, ex-Investec supervisor arrested on corruption costs


WINDHOEK (Information) – Namibian police on Saturday arrested the previous Minister of Fisheries Bernhardt Esau and a former senior supervisor of funding agency Investec on costs of corruption.

Police Inspector-Common Sebastian Ndeitunga mentioned Esau and former shopper supervisor of Investec Asset Administration in Namibia, Ricardo Gustavo, have been formally charged and are anticipated to look in courtroom inside 48 hours.

Esau and Gustavo have been arrested following allegations they have been concerned in a fishing scheme that generated kickbacks of not less than 150 million Namibian dollars ($10.20 million).

Esau has denied any wrongdoing and Gustavo couldn’t be reached for remark.

Esau and Justice Minister Sakeus Shanghala give up earlier this month over the bribery claims made in media studies.

The 2 former ministers are alleged to have awarded horse mackerel quotas to Iceland’s greatest fishing agency Samherji in trade for bribes. Samherji mentioned it had employed a regulation agency to research the allegations.

The Namibia managing director of South African funding agency Investec James Hatuikulipi resigned two days after the ministers after allegations that he spearheaded the scheme, whereas Gustavo was suspended.

The Anti-Corruption Fee Director-Common Paulus Noa mentioned warrants of arrest have been issued to different Namibian officers and businessmen implicated within the matter. He didn’t give names.

Shanghala and Hatuikulipi didn’t reply to requests for remark.

Investec mentioned earlier this week that the people suspected within the case had left the financial institution and the corporate had no connection to it. Its ex-employees had not used their positions at Investec to facilitate the alleged scheme in any method, it added.

Reporting by Nyasha Nyaungwa; Enhancing by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo and Alexandra Hudson