Acting Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Albert Kawana. PHOTO: Contributed

Fisheries and Marine Resources acting Minister Albert Kawana says he will not allow any unauthorized alteration to the list of names of those fishermen who lost their jobs due to the #fishrot scandal. 

Kawana’s response comes hot on the heels of an article by CND-News regarding accusations that the Erongo Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua is allegedly removing names of some beneficiaries on the list and replacing them with those of his relatives and friends.

Mutjavikua has since distanced himself from the allegations and maintained that his detractors are creating lies and unsubstantiated accusations.

The list was commissioned after President Hage Geingob ordered that the more than 1 000 fishermen be reinstated in their previous jobs, following revelations of dubious deals in the fishing sector. Two Cabinet ministers have since been jailed over bribery and corruption charges in the #fishrot scandal.

Speaking to CND-News on Thursday, Kawana noted that he is committed and determined to be transparent in compiling the list.

“We will publish the list when it is available for everyone to see who the benefiaries are, and see who is omitted and who is added wrongly,” explained Kawana.

On the allegations leveled against Mutjavikua through audios circulating on social media, Kawana replied: “I am not aware of those allegations and have not yet received the list from the governor’s office.”

“The benefiaries were divided in two categories: A for Namsov employees who were retrenched and, B for those who lost their fishery jobs because of the strikes. 

“As a government, we have structures and we are working to ensure that transperancy prevails. All the lists will be consolidated in the office of the governor and we are engaging the trade unions,” he added.

According to Kawana, the number of beneficiaries is unlimited because it is not clear at this stage as to how many people qualified in the different categories.

“I am hearing that the office of the governor is busy with verifying the list, but it is likely to be in three categories namely: A for retrenched Namsov employees, B those dismissed due to the strikes and C for anybody who has lost his/her job in the fishing industry.”

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