Mapesela speaks

Mapesela speaks

There is a howl of protests from many people about the perceived motivation of registering the company, what is your view on that?

There is nothing wrong that we have done to form a company. We have registered our company with our names because there is nothing to hide. It would be wrong if we had registered the company with our daughters’ or wives’ names.
And it would also be wrong if we had registered it with our relatives’ names. It would be wrong if we, as the partners, could misuse our positions to benefit our businesses
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What is the motive of registering the company?

We want to create job opportunities through agriculture. Like other individuals, there is nothing bad we have done.

Can’t you see any conflict of interest in this matter?

There is no conflict of interest here. I have always been in farming even before I became a minister. Ministers have disclosed their assets to the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences. I am one of those ministers who have already declared their assets.

What came first, an idea to register the company or an idea to change policies?

Like I said, I have always been in farming. In 2015 before becoming a minister, I ploughed a government block at Ha-Makebe where the government paid me lots of money. But now since I am a minister, I won’t bid for such tenders.
Since I am in love with agriculture, I am helping the Kolonyama community to cultivate their land to produce food. Our company would not bid for government tenders.
I am a farmer and have always kept a flock of sheep to earn a living. I used to get lots of cash from the sale of those sheep in a year. I have never traded with the government but I managed to survive.
Like all other wool and mohair farmers, I used to sell my wool to BKB. There is no conflict of interest in the company because I have always been a farmer earning a living through farming.

Where does company fit in the Meraka, Wool and Mohair, and vegetables companies?

I have always been a farmer ploughing fields and keeping sheep. This idea is not new. I have shown that I have been earning a lot of money through the sale of rams. This company has nothing specifically to do with Meraka.

Why are you involved as ministers?

We do not see any difference here if we have formed the company as the ministers. I have always been in farming. I have not started farming after becoming a minister. Farming has always been my destiny.

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