by Sakeus Iikela

INDEPENDENT presidential candidate Panduleni Itula says he will not allow the mining of seabed fertiliser from Namibia’s shores if he is elected as president next month.

Marine phosphate mining, a contentious issue worldwide, has become a major bone of contention in Namibia over the last few years.

The Namibian reported earlier this year how trade unions, civil society organisations, pressure groups and the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) condemned president Hage Geingob for pressuring Cabinet ministers to take a decision on the controversial marine phosphate mining plan, despite a government report warning that it would endanger Namibia’s ocean.

Geingob is seen by some as a key supporter of the proposed project by a company owned by Omani billionaire Mohammed Al Barwani and Namibian middleman Knowledge Katti, a friend of the president.

Itula is one of 10 politicians who will challenge incumbent president (Geingob) for the country’s presidency at next month’s elections.

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*This article was first published on 29 October 2019

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