By Confidente Reporter
A war of words erupted between Public Enterprise Minister Leon Jooste and Works and Transport Minister Alpheus !Naruseb in Cabinet on Tuesday after a submission prompting !Naruseb to surrender the troubled Namibia Airports Company to his counterpart.
Sources close to Cabinet told Confidente that at Tuesday’s session chaired by Vice President Nickey Iyambo, !Naruseb was agitated that Jooste was encroaching on his turf.
Approached for comment on the impasse Jooste said: “Anyone’s entitled to their own opinion I suppose. I only want what I’m convinced is best for the country and nothing else. We are one Government which should act as one cohesive unit forming a united front against others; the enemy which is poverty and inequality. I don’t have much appreciation/ affinity for power and egos and no interest to engage in related battles with anyone”.
The two ministers are also said to have clashed with different opinions in the recent past with regard to the NAC board as a campaign to install Frieda Aluteni as the next chairperson of NAC -despite countless corruption allegations and investigations in tender irregularities levelled against her – erupted and rolled in !Naruseb who was in support of this campaign and Jooste having none of it.
The complex relationship of the Ministers is widely believed to have grown cold when Jooste initiated an investigation into the NAC, an act that had !Naruseb feeling overstepped as the line authority.
Last Thursday at a media conference !Naruseb had registered his displeasure when he said: “I did not initiate any investigation into the NAC. What you as media should do to this end is to find out according to Constitution who is the authority in such matters and you will see where the challenge is,” he told the media.
When approached regarding the stand-off !Naruseb said: “I cannot discuss Cabinet issues with the media. Cabinet things are Cabinet things”.
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