Namibia: Out of my jurisdiction – Dyakugha

Ombudsman Basilius Dyakugha said his office lacked jurisdiction to investigate allegations against President Hage Geingob made by Namibia’s economic freedom fighters last week.

What has now been dubbed Farmgate threatens to drag the two presidents into an alleged cover-up after Namibians stole nearly $4 million (over N$60 million) from his South African counterpart’s Limpopo farm Cyril Ramaphosa. “The mandate of the Ombudsman in terms of the Namibian constitution and enabling legislation is generally based on three mandates; to investigate human rights abuses, maladministration and environmental protection in the country”, Dyakugha said while addressing the media in the presence of the NEFF leadership yesterday.

NEFF Vice President Kalimbo Iipumbu wrote to Dyakugha last week asking him to investigate Geingob’s role in an alleged cover-up resulting from the theft.

“It is important to note that I have a separate and limited jurisdiction, which means that I have no inherent jurisdiction and cannot go beyond my statutory powers,” Dyakugha said.

He said that, without necessarily invoking section 4(b) of the Ombudsman Act, which NEFF cited, he is of the view that the complaint filed by NEFF on June 8, 2022 does not fall within his terms of reference.

“The words and concepts, including the language used in the complaint, referred to the violation of a criminal law. For example, words such as unlawful conduct, money laundering, theft of money, collusion with officials to cover up paper trails from foreign and local subjects to ensure that criminal laws are not followed,” he explained.

Therefore, he said his office is of the view that such alleged actions by Geingob amount to violations of his office’s oath.

“Breach of the oath of office is an area where I could not find any clear express provision in our laws. However, Article 29 of the Namibian constitution could possibly provide some guidance on the matter,” he said. he declares.

Meanwhile, the presidency has said there is absolutely no truth to allegations that Geingob improperly used his office to help Ramaphosa.

Presidential Spokesman Alfredo Hengari released a statement on what he calls “unsubstantiated allegations” that President Geingob may have helped his South African counterpart Ramaphosa “apprehend” a suspect linked to the farm burglary. Phala Phala.

Arthur Fraser, South Africa’s former spy chief, has alleged that Namibian criminals broke into this farmhouse to steal the money hidden in the furniture. Ramaphosa admitted to having a close relationship with Geingob, but in a Friday press conference he did not say whether he had asked for the latter’s help in covering up the theft that took place in 2020.

Fraser opened a case against Ramaphosa for an alleged high profile cover-up between the two heads of state as Ramaphosa allegedly requested Geingob’s assistance in apprehending the suspect in Namibia.

South African opposition politicians have jumped on the scandal threatening Ramaphosa’s rule. Last week, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) disrupted the proceedings during the debate on the presidential budget vote.

EFF MP Sinawo Tambo said: “Ramaphosa breached his oath of office, he breached the [Prevention and] Anti-Corruption Act, he violated the [Prevention of] Organized Crime Act.”

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen said: “Phala Phala is quickly becoming your Nkandla”, also pointing to “the blurring of lines between Mr Ramaphosa, the Head of State, and Mr Ramaphosa, the man business”.

Thelma J. Longworth