There’s been a disconcerting development in the bitter disputes over Namibia’s new reinsurance laws: the supreme court’s after-the-event recusal of a senior judge who gave a crucial order in the matter without disclosing that he was involved in aspects of the dispute some years ago.

The judge also failed to disclose other significant information that, in the view of the three supreme court colleagues who heard the recusal matter, could reasonably have caused one party to suspect that it might not be treated fairly.

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