A fishy donation puts Namibia’s Hage Geingob on the spot
A recent report about a R12.5m donation to ruling party Swapo, allegedly from the state-owned fishing company, could put Namibia’s president in an awkward position
New allegations about corruption and patronage in ruling party Swapo will have left most Namibians feeling they’re not getting value for money from the country’s generous public funding of political parties.
"The regulation of party-political finance is a mess," says Graham Hopwood, director of the Institute for Public Policy Research in Windhoek. "Namibia needs a new, rigorous system to regulate donations to political parties, which should require all donations over a certain amount, for instance [R5,000], to be listed and declared publicly."..