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Minister justifies controversial quota allocation

NAMIBIA
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 03:40 (GMT + 9)

Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernard Esau justified his rationale behind his decisions horse mackerel quota allocation, after having been accused of misusing his ministerial powers to benefit certain firms. He also received signs of support from two organisations that defended his steps. One of the firms Esau was accused of favouring was Fishcor, which was allocated a horse mackerel quota when it is a non-right hake holder, which contravenes the Marine Resources Act of 2000 because it is state-owned, The Namibian informed. In his defense, the minister explained he had done so in order to save 520 jobs, stating the firm needed as much aid as possible for it to operate at the optimum level. "As a responsible minister, I would rather act than let a state-owned enterprise under my ministry sink like that," Esau justified. "I can allocate a quot... FULL STORY

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