News 24 in South Africa reported on 1st December that, in “Anatomy of a Bribe”, Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit exposed corruption in Namibia’s fishing industry, implicating the country’s now former minister of fisheries and marine resources, Bernhard Esau, as well as Geingob’s personal lawyer. Posing as Chinese investors, Al Jazeera journalists attempted to enter the Namibian fishing industry to acquire highly lucrative fishing quotas for a proposed joint-venture with Namibian fishing company, Omualu. A “donation” of $200,000 was to be laundered to the SWAPO party, under the guise of a foreign investment in a real-estate. The, as Al Jazeera’s undercover reporters negotiated a partnership with Omualu, they say that they were asked to make a $500,000 payment and give a 20% share of the joint-venture to the CEO of the state-run fishing company Fishcor. The article refers to the so-called “Fishrot Files”, published by Wikileaks, comprised of emails, memos, PowerPoint presentations, company financial records, photos and videos, appearing to show how Samherji, one of Iceland’s largest fishing companies, colluded with senior political and business figures in Namibia to gain preferential access to the country’s lucrative fishing grounds. On the day of Namibia’s general election on 27th November, 6 were arrested on fraud and corruption charges and deny all wrongdoing and, in a press statement, Samherji claims it has “nothing to hide” from any investigation.
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