More Fishrot answers needed

30 September 2020 | Opinion

The so-called ‘Fishrot Seven’ have hinted lately that they have been made the sacrificial lambs of a much bigger syndicate whose other architects are roaming the streets freely.

While this appears to be very true, it cannot be used as a mitigating factor for those already locked up.

They must prove their innocence. After all, just like Jesus of Nazareth did, every man must carry his own cross.

To only look at the seven accused is to simplify and shorten a long chain of coordinated crime, the biggest of our republican existence.

We are tempted to ask, for example, where the auditors of Fishcor were when grand-scale plundering happened with impunity.

Fishcor auditors Stier Vente Associates, despite the magnitude of this scandal, in May hid behind ‘client confidentiality’ when Namibian Sun asked them whether they had detected anything suspicious when inspecting the books of the beleaguered SOE.

If they did their work diligently, the next logical question is whether the government as sole shareholder of this company studied the audit findings or not.

If Stier Vente Associates did not detect anything, the public would be justified to ask that the company repay the fees it received for its sloppy work – or publicly justifies why it would not do so.

It’s time Namibians started demanding answers and stop the cold-feet syndrome as if these resources belonged to people whom we merely tasked to look after our resources and our interests.

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