Lifestyle audits will uncover rot

07 July 2020 | Opinion

Is it any coincidence that Namibian politicians own so much wealth whose source not even arithmetic geniuses can yet establish?

Is it just by sheer luck that somehow all senior politicians own farms, many of which were acquired with taxpayer money through schemes such as government's land resettlement programme?

Did the Lord just wake up one morning and say to Namibian politicians, like he did to Moses and his army of followers in the biblical book of Exodus, “look, I'm going to rain down fishing quotas from heaven for you”?

For how long did these politicians work and for what astronomical salaries that they could afford, as in the case with Bernhardt Esau's revelation in court yesterday, N$15 million farms?

At the beginning of his first term in office five years ago, President Hage Geingob was already worth N$50 million, and questions lingered about how this was accumulated.

In fairness, there are equally rich private citizens, but the majority of those are also connected to politicians.

It is hardly surprising that Swapo politicians almost traded blows last weekend at Omuthiya over positions that would set them on a path to economic glory.

The confrontations were not about servitude or how best to deliver the masses out of their economic and developmental quagmires.

It is no wonder lifestyle audits are being delayed, because when the source of some of this wealth is sought, there will be a lot of stammering.

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