Kora exposing political rot

06 May 2021 | Opinion

The ongoing Kora trial is not just a civil matter between two parties contesting contractual interpretations and millions of dollars lost.

Preliminary evidence points to a deal conceived out of impulse, without regard for due diligence.

It’s like a deal struck at a shebeen by revellers who were drunk like skunks. It would seem as though Ernst Adjovi was the only sober man on the night – and he made a meal out of his peers’ intoxication.

We have heard, for example, the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) saying that they were duped into believing that Adjovi and his company were in a financial position to host the continental music awards.

It would seem that none of the Namibian officials, including then attorney-general Sacky Shanghala, bothered to verify the true financial state of the so-called organisers.

They relied on Adjovi’s word of mouth and swallowed it hook, line and sinker – like a tricked shoal of starved Maasbanker.

Yesterday we heard testimony that NTB was actually ‘forced’ into signing the agreement with Adjovi’s company. These are political decisions by people who have never run a business in their life, imposed on corporate executives who are bullied into putting pen on the dotted lines, irrespective of their instincts and gut feelings.

Adjovi is made to look like the sole devil in this deal, but none of this would have happened were it not for the bigger devils - our politicians.

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