THE ongoing controversy over the awarding of a University of Namibia hostel tender to a company owned by top civil servants points to the need for Government to devise policies and institutional structures that outlaw the inclination amongst civil servants to seek personal gain from government projects, a development that often promotes economic inefficiency.
THE multi-million dollar travellers’ cheques swindle reportedly masterminded by several Nigerian kingpins and the regular incidents of credit-card fraud reported by local banks clearly indicates that Namibia is fast becoming a hub for global fraudsters.
Politicians seem to be winning in their sustained legal onslaught against newspapers. New Era, The Southern Times and Informanté have lost defamation actions in the past three months, two of them against senior politicians.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba started off on an encouraging note when he made an impassioned plea for political maturity as he officially inaugurated the first Cabinet Session of 2009, ahead of the November Presidential and National Assembly elections.