Namibia Deputy prime minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has advised a lawmaker to report any suspected bribery in government’s decision to lease four farms to Russian billionaire Rashid Sardarov.
Nandi-Ndaitwah made the remarks on Thursday when she responded to questions by Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) parliamentarian Mike Kavekotora.
The RDP lawmaker asked the government to assure the public that N$25 million did not end up in somebody’s pocket as part of the deal to allow Sardarov to buy and lease four farms near Dordabis.
“If the honourable member has any evidence to support the suspicions contained in the question, or if he has reasons to believe that someone was bribed, I wish to advise him to please approach the relevant institutions that are tasked to deal with cases of bribery, and provide the evidence,” she said.
One such institution was the Anti-Corruption Commission, she said.
According to her, government does not turn a blind eye to corrupt practices.
Asked whether there were similar farm deals with other foreigners, Nandi-Ndaitwah said “there is no such information in the Office of the Prime Minister”.
The government leased four farms in September this year for 99 years to a company called Comsar Properties SA, owned by Sardarov.
The four farms, valued at N$43 million and measuring a combined 17 000 hectares, were paid for by the Russian, and registered as state property by the land reform ministry.
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