Namibian press zooms on liquidly crunch, others

APA-Windhoek (Namibia)

The effect of cash crisis on government departments and the Chinese business mogul who left Namibia despite police sanctions were the main headlines in the press on Monday.

The state-run New Era reported that trial-awaiting businessman and President Hage Geingob’s associate Jack Huang was able to leave Namibia on Sunday despite his stringent bail conditions.

The paper said Huang, who is implicated in a high-profile N$3.5 billion (about US$262 million) tax evasion case and is expected to appear in court on Thursday, left the country for Angola at the weekend.

The paper also published pictures of Huang in the departure lounge of Hosea Kutako International Airport in the Namibian capital Windhoek and said questions are being asked about why his passport was not confiscated.

It further said police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga and police spokesperson Edwin Kanguatjivi were not aware that Huang had left the country.

Huang paid N$1 million bail on February 2 following his arrest on February 1, with conditions that he should report to the Windhoek Police Station once a week between Monday and Friday.

On economic front, The Namibian reported that government departments are feeling the pinch of a financial crisis affecting the country.

The paper said the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has been struggling to cope with meagre budget, hence it has suspended overtime, recruitment of new staff and the construction of regional offices in Ohangwena and //Karas regions.

The ministry has further frozen plans to construct accommodation for immigration officials at the Katwitwi border post linking the country with Angola.

The paper said the Fisheries Ministries are also feeling the impact of liquidly crisis that has baffled the government.

Minister Bernhardt Esau told the paper that his ministry's budget would be cut by 42,26 percent for 2017/18, which will make it complicated protect Namibia from illegal fishing and impact the ministry's research vessels used to determine the total allowable catches.


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