Namibian ministers resign over bribery scandal

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Two Namibian ministers have resigned over allegations of bribery and money laundering in the country’s fishing industry.

The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernhard Esau and the Minister of Justice Sacky Shanghala were accused of awarding horse mackerel quotas to Samherji, one of Iceland’s largest fishing companies, in exchange for bribes.

Samherji is one of the country’s largest fishing conglomerates with an annual turnover of more than $700m. The company sells its fish to supermarket chains such as Marks and Spencer’s, Carrefour, Tesco and Sainsbury’s.

In a press release, Namibian President Hage Geingob thanked Esau and Shanghala for their “patriotism and contribution to the work of government”.

Geingob has appointed acting ministers to replace them.

 




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