Esau, Shanghala resign amid corruption claims – President accepts resignations
The President HE, Hage Geingob accepted resignations from the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernard Esau, and Minister of Justice, Sackeus Edward Shanghala following an international fishing bribery scandal leaked on Wikileaks and other media outlets.
Following the allegations of corruption against the two ministers, Geingob, accompanied by Vice President, Nangolo Mbumba, held a meeting on Wednesday, 13 November at State House to hear their case in light of the gravity of the reports, according to a statetment from the presidency.
At the meeting, the two ministers tendered their resignation to the President with immediate effect.
“Namibia is governed by the Rule of Law, and a person is innocent until proven guilty. The President is a promoter of Governance, grounded in processes, systems and institutions,”the statement issued said.
Meanwhile, Geingob has since appointed Frans Kapofi as Acting Minister of Justice, and Hon. Albert Kawana as Acting Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, in terms of Article 32 (3) (i)(dd) of the Namibian Constitution.