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Bank Launches Music Bash

King Tee Dee performing at the launch of SB.09.MF. Photo: Rinelda Mouton

THE Standard Bank 09 Music Festival (SB.09.MF), a collaboration between Standard Bank Namibia and Mshasho, was launched in Windhoek on Monday.

I was angry – Betty Davids

Betty Davids

BEATA Siteketa, also known as the socialite Betty Davids, is bent on finding justice for herself over alleged defamatory remarks made by Independent Patriots for Change spokesperson Imms Nashinge, and has registered a charge of crimen injuria with the Namibian Police.

House of Poulton Meets Mixology

FASHION designer and lifestyle enthusiast Melisa Poulton will combine her love of fashion, entertainment and food with the House of Poulton Gin Cocktail Picnic Party set to debut later this month.


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Covid-19 and tax relief measures introduced globally

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THE global response to Covid-19 has been serious, from enforcing personal protection, restricting movement and large gatherings, and even to introducing tax relief on the import and supply of vaccines, test kits and personal protective gear.


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      No Lessons From the Fishrot Saga

      by Editorial Team

      WE CANNOT vouch for the latest revelations contained in an affidavit by lawyer Maren de Klerk pointing fingers at the alleged who's who in the Fishrot scheme of things.

      But what is clear is that the Namibian government and its related institutions are showing no sign of having learnt any lessons to curb wanton patronage and systemic corruption in the country.

      Until The Namibian, Al Jazeera and Icelandic media organisations broke the Fishrot scandal in late October 2019, hardly anyone knew of De Klerk, apparently a low-profile lawyer but a paymaster of note controlling a kickback kitty of more than N$100 million.

      De Klerk, who is clearly trying to save his own skin, has provided documents that show Swapo was integral to the shenanigans in the fishing industry and that many individuals received kickbacks. It will be interesting to hear their explanations.

      What we can emphatically say is that president Hage Geingob, like any state president, is a big boss with enormous powers to change systems, institutions and processes that have become septic with corruption.

      While we understand that the president wants the law to take its course, it is unbelievable that Geingob and his government have done little, if anything, to fundamentally change the law, or deal with institutions shown to be corrupt and serving individual interests.

      Funding of politicians has not been curbed and made transparent; allocation of fishing quotas and rights continue on the same basis that led to the Fishrot scandal; and not more than lip service has been paid to lifestyle audits.

      Clearly, Geingob and Swapo are not intent on stopping corruption, are they?

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