A letter circulating on social media platforms has sparked controversy in Namibia, alleging that Maggy Shino, the Petroleum Commissioner of Namibia, was appointed in a corrupt manner.
The unfounded allegations in the letter has drawn attention from the country’s leadership.
Tom Alweendo, the Minister of Mines and Energy, had to explain the appointment process of the head of the Petroleum Directorate.
The announcement by the energy minister was followed shortly by the Namibian Prime Minister Saara Kuukongelwa-Amadhila who refuted claims of having a personal relationship with Shino and denied any corrupt practices in her appointment.
These responses follow a letter purportedly from shareholders of Total Energies, which accused the Prime Minister of favoritism and corruption in the appointment of the Petroleum Commissioner.
Kuukongelwa-Amadhila, in a statement said that the appointment of public servants adheres to the guidelines of the Public Service Act 13 (Act No. 13 of 1995).
The statement made it clear that Shino’s appointment as Petroleum Commissioner was in full compliance with these provisions.
The officie of the Prime MInuster invited anyone aggrieved by the appointment is advised to pursue the grievance procedures prescribed under the Public Service Act 13 of 1995, Public Service Staff Rules, and other relevant laws.”
Kuukongelwa-Amadhila vehemently denied the allegations of favoritism and corruption.
“Anyone with evidence of corrupt practices in this matter is encouraged to present it to the appropriate authorities for necessary action,” the statement reads.
The Prime Minister also distanced herself from any claims of a personal relationship with Shino.