Fishing rights announcement soon

The fisheries minister is expected to announce the names of new fishing rights holders by the end of March.

08 March 2021 | Fishing

OGONE TLHAGE

WINDHOEK

Fisheries minister Albert Kawana is expected to announce who his ministry has chosen for new fishing rights at the end of this month.

This brings to a close a two-year vetting process undertaken by the ministry with the assistance of the University of Namibia (Unam).

“All of those questions, reserve them for when I make public announcements,” Kawana said. “There will be an announcement for all applicants by the end of March.”

The Namibia Fishing Association said it has been waiting with bated breath to find out who the new group of rights holders will be.

“We want to know who the applicants are, but we are still waiting for that list,” association chairperson Matti Amukwa said upon enquiry.

Tight-lipped

Kawana had also been asked what role Unam had played to assist the ministry with applications, but would not answer. The university had been approached to assist with the process and allocated 38 evaluators for vetting.

The minister previously said 52.6% of the quotas have been allocated to new applicants.

The minister, who was thrust into the portfolio after the resignation and arrest of former fisheries minister Bernhardt Esau over the so-called Fishrot bribery scandal, had previously defended his record of transparency over the years.

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