Xaris Energy divides Nampower board
… As Nakale snitches on colleagues
AS the Kudu Gas and Xaris Energy power projects continue to take centre stage a cold war is currently being fought at Nampower pitting the parastatal’s board chairperson, Maria Nakale against her fellow board members after she allegedly went behind her colleagues’ backs to the Ministers of Mines and Energy and Public Enterprises, Confidente can reveal.
PS gets exemption for N$240m runway
THE Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Willem Goeiemann is at the centre of a storm after he allegedly tried to use the “country’s highest office” to bulldoze a N$240 million Eros Airport Runway Rehabilitation job without going to tender a move that angered the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) management.
…I will not form a political party
…I will remain in Swapo
LANDS Reform deputy minister, Bernadus Swartbooi has said that he will never resign from his position emphasizing that he will only leave office once President Hage Geingob orders him to.
In an exclusive interview with Confidente Wednesday, Swartbooi explained that it was President Geingob who ordered him to resign after he refused to apologize to his senior Utoni Nujoma.
“I never resigned. I will never resign. I don’t know who is going to give them that resignation letter. I won’t do it. I will not resign unless the President says I should like he said before. When I came to this office, the President approached me saying he wanted my skills, energy and input on his team and I accepted. For me to leave, he should approach me like he did back then to say that he no longer is interested in my skills, energy and input,” Swartbooi said.
Police re-open PG Imalwa, Nghimtina sons’ rape case
THE Namibian Police is re-investigating a rape case involving Prosecutor General Martha Imalwa’s son Benjamin Mandume Imalwa and his co-accused Sebulon Katamba Nghimtina, the son of Labour Minister Erkki Nghimtina, Confidente has learnt.
This comes over a year after the case was struck off the court roll in September 2014. At some point, PG Imalwa allegedly also declined to prosecute the matter, a move that led to many questioning her impartiality due to conflict of interest.
Chaos at Namcor MD’s house as wife stumbles upon alleged mistress
… Wife accuses husband of being a love rat
….Husband accuses wife of being demon possessed
ALL hell broke loose, Tuesday morning when Sonia Mulunga the wife to the Managing Director of Namcor, Imms Mulunga unexpectedly returned home from a trip overseas and found her husband allegedly cohabitating with a 22 year-old woman identified as Nguvitjita Mberirua at their Kleine Windhoek home.
Angola owes Namibia N$6,1 billion
… As the country suffers after effect of N$/Kwanza deal
THE currency conversion deal which last year paved way for Angolan Kwanza exchange at Namibian banks and bureaux de change has left the country licking its own wounds with Angola currently owing the central bank N$6,1 billion (US$386 million), Confidente has learnt.
Tenderpreneurs after lucrative Angola-Namibia oil deal
A syndicate of politically w e l l – c o n n e c t e d businessmen is trying to hijack a multi-billion dollar oil deal between the Angolan and Namibian governments that could potentially see Namibia import oil from its northern neighbour at a 50 percent discount, Confidente has learnt.
Education, Health ministries the most corrupt-ACC
THE education ministry followed by that of health have emerged as the most corrupt ministries with 87 cases of corruption combined having been investigated during the 2013/14 and 2014/15 financial years, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has revealed.
GRN pays N$12mil for unused MPs office space
GOVERNMENT through Parliament has been forking out over N$330 000 every month in rental fees for offices of Members of Parliament situated in Windhoek’s Central Business District since last year, Confidente has learnt.
Kandjoze implicated as the brains behind Nampower MD ouster
… As Shilamba finally lifts the lid on his suspension
THE suspension in July last year of Nampower Managing Director Paulinus Shilamba together with the parastatal’s Chief Technical Services officer O’Brien Hekandjo and senior Manager for Energy trading, Werner Graupe had nothing to do with tender irregularities but rather was politically motivated as a result of the Kudu and Xaris energy projects, Confidente has learnt.
Chinese bleeding Namibia dry
…The full extent of Chinese economic interference
OVER N$20 billion dollars in proceeds from multi-million and billion dollar government contracts, which are secretly awarded to the Chinese state companies, have left the shores of Namibia in the past 36 months, Confidente can reveal.
Abandoned Kudu Gas now back in the fold
PETROFAC, a United Kingdom based company that is into oil and gas production and processing, reportedly locally represented by businessman Knowledge Katti, might be on its way to land a US$560 million (N$8.4 billion), 56 percent stake in the BW-Kudu gas project, Confidente has learnt.
New Parly amount balloons to N$4 billion
INVESTIGATIONS into the real cost of the new Parliament building have revealed that the N$2.2 billion could escalate to N$4 billion as the current costing excludes the National Council.
Confidente’s investigations further revealed that the N$2.2 billion could be escalated by another N$80 million to develop the “rocky” site that is preferred to put up the ambitious parliamentary building.
Govt cuts national budget by N$4.9 billion
BARELY three months after the Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein presented the 2016/17 national budget, Government has slashed the budget by 7.4 percent which translates to N$4.9 billion from the N$67 billion national budget, a move some Government departments claim has already started to cripple their operations.
NAC in a questionable tender web
…bypasses tender procedure to award N$156 million
THE Namibia Airports Company has bypassed tender procedures to award a N$156 million contract for the supply of a security system and check-in counters for Eros and the Hosea Kutako International airports, to a company which made headlines after it won a tender for airport scanners that do not detect metal and explosives, Confidente can reveal.
Shanghala favours ex-business partner in N$100m rail tender
CONTROVERSY surrounds Attorney General, Sakeus Shanghala’s decision to offer legal opinion to the Tender Board in favour of Namib Rail a joint venture between D&M Rail Construction (Pty) Ltd a company co-owned by his former business partner, James Hatuikulipi at Hanganeni Investments despite a High Court decision in March that nullified the awarding of the N$100 million contract to Namib Rail.
Meatco board, CEO in bitter feud
THE board of directors of Meatco and the parastatal’s CEO, Advocate Vekuii Rukoro are involved in a bitter feud that has seen the board seeking permission from the Minister of Public Enterprises Leon Jooste to suspend Rukoro, Confidente can reveal.
Oil storage construction costs balloon to N$4.5b
…As NEF begs Cabinet for N$500 million more
THE cost of constructing the national oil storage, oil tanker jetty, on-shore site and pipeline facilities at Walvis Bay has ballooned to N$4.5 billion from the initial N$920 million following the National Energy Fund (NEF) request through the Ministry of Mines and Energy in June for a green light to borrow an additional N$500 million, Confidente can reveal.
Speaker claims S&T for school reunion
THE Office of the Auditor-General, has raised questions into how the Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi allegedly claimed nearly N$13 000 in Subsistence and Travel (S&T) allowances from the National Assembly when he travelled to South Africa for his school reunion event, Confidente has learnt.
Simana bounces back at Civil Aviation amid controversy
… as she now rakes in N$88 000 per month
CONTROVERSY reigns in the Directorate of Civil Aviation under the works ministry as Angeline Simana who reportedly resigned as a director in the public service has been re-hired on contract in the same position, this time with double her previous salary, on assessment and recommendation of UK based consultants.
Businesses owe Govt over N$4 billion in tax
GOVERNMENT is owed at least N$4 billion in outstanding tax returns by businesses, the Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein has said.
The N$4 billion is the principal debt and if interest is to be added it might double since it has been accruing from way back when the country attained its independence 26 years ago, Confidente has been informed.
Ghost teachers gobble millions from Govt
…As taxi drivers masquerade as teachers
…Govt launches payroll audit
SEVERAL Kunene taxi drivers are part of a well organised, illicit syndicate that has been fleecing Government of millions of dollars monthly as ghost teachers are paid on average of N$15 000 monthly each in salaries, Confidente can reveal.
Bushiri irks Cabinet
… Cabinet says Bushiri devotees an embarrassment
CABINET has at its maiden meeting for 2016, Tuesday, condemned senior government officials who attend spiritual crusades that are hosted by foreign international prophets saying they are embarrass
Shaningwa okays AR trio Henties Bay plots sale
THE Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa has approved the sale of three plots in Henties Bay to the Affirmative Repositioning Movement (AR) trio of Job Amupanda, Dimbulukeni Nauyoma and George Kambala.
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