Sibeya rubbishes nepotism and corruption allegations

Chairperson of the Magistrates Commission, Orben Sibeya, said allegations of tribalism and favouritism against him are baseless and damaging to his reputation.
Sibeya addressed the accusations made by one of the publications in a letter dated June 18.
“I emphasise that these allegations are entirely unfounded and without merit. The allegations are based solely on faceless or anonymous sources, which seriously question the credibility and reliability of the information presented.
“I am committed to integrity and I also find the accusations troubling and damaging to my good name and reputation,” he said.
Sibeya also clarified the process of appointing magistrates, noting that the minister only approves the commission’s recommendations with scrutiny.

“The commission adheres to good governance, and the recruitment process has various stages with safeguards in place. The minister does not rubberstamp the recommendations but satisfies herself with the recruitment process before making the appointments. It is an insult to allege that she rubberstamps recommendations.
“Every appointment of a magistrate is made on the recommendations of the commission and resolutions to that effect are kept by the secretariat of the commission. The appointments are completely above board,” he asserted.
Addressing further claims of tribalism within the appointment process, Sibeya refuted the notion that certain ethnic groups are favoured.
“It is false even to suggest that magistrates from Zambezi Region constitute more than 30% of the magistrates in our country.
“The article also falsely states that there are no magistrates who originate from Kavango Regions, there are Coloured people, Herero speaking people, Damara-Nama speaking people and White people, while there are magistrates duly appointed who are from all the above ethnic groups, including the San community,” he added.

Sibeya criticised the anonymity of the sources, suggesting it was a tactic to avoid responsibility and accountability for the false and malicious allegations.
He also pointed out that the term of the current commission ends on June 30, 2024, implying that there is no reason to fear retaliation from a body nearing the end of its tenure.

“The term of the seventh commission comes to an end on June 30 2024 and in the interest of fairness and accuracy, there is no basis to fear reprisal from a Commission whose term lapses by effluxion of time in a matter of days. I remain sensitive to the issue of tribalism and its impact,” he concluded.