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Tuesday 20 August 2019
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AR bickering over Ya Ndakolo-Again

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Just when everyone thought the debate around Defence minister Penda Ya Ndakolo’s lavish stay at a Windhoek hotel was water under the bridge, the Affirmative Repositioning movement surfaces with new information-this time accusing attorney general Sakeus Shanghala of lying to the nation. AR claims  Shanghala lied to  parliament over Ya Ndakolo’s stay at a local hotel, claiming that he did not consult the prosecutor general and the Anti-Corruption Commission before ‘single handedly’ closing the matter. Shanghala told parliament in February that he consulted the Anti-Corruption Commission, the prosecutor-general, and the auditor general over the matter and that as constitutional office bearers, the matter is considered close. After a meeting with ACC boss Paulus Noa last month and prosecutor general Martha Imalwa earlier this week, AR said both of the ACC and PG denied being consulted on the matter by Shanghala. “Mr. Noa vehemently dismissed the announcements of the Attorney-    General. Indeed, he indicated that what the Attorney-General said in parliament and the reference to the ACC and the plural “we” was not with the blessing of the ACC nor on behalf of the ACC. He further reaffirmed the independence of the ACC. It goes without saying that what the Attorney General said was a product of his manufacturing and there is no “we” as far as the ACC is concerned,” AR claimed. As for Imalwa, AR claimed she said: “The Prosecutor-General vehemently denied meeting Sir Edward Shanghala and agreeing to consider the matter “closed”. In dismissing the utterances as deceitful and misleading, the Prosecutor General informed the AR delegation that her work is constitutionally guided and not guided by directive of politicians.” When contacted yesterday, Shanghala was perplexed as to how both Imalwa and Noa could claim they were not consulted. “I do not understand how they can now claim they were not consulted. The PG did not want to be involved because she wanted her office to remain independent in case there was need for prosecution. I have no reason to lie about this, if need be, I can go as far as availing my call records,” he explained. Shanghala said the rules and guidelines that dictate subsistence and travelling allowances for both politicians and those employed in the public service are used interchangeably. “It cannot be correct that the S&T regulations that guide politicians are the same as those that guide those employed by government, there needs to be a distinction,” he said. While announcing that the matter is closed in February, Shanghala said Ya Ndakolo repaid the state the maximum allowance he received N$136 500 of the N$630 000 while staying at the hotel last year.  “It is my conclusion that the Ministry of Defence acted correctly in the difficult circumstances of acquiring suitable housing for the minister,” Shanghala said at the time. Government at the time said Ya Ndakolo’s stay in the hotel was a hotel a temporary measure adopted while he is looking for accommodation.   He stayed in opulence despite receiving hefty perks, including a housing allowance.




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