Did Schlettwein, Jooste sell AirNam aircraft in secret?

Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein and State-Owned Enterprises, Leon Jooste approved the sale of two aircrafts belonging to Air Namibia without the approval of the Air Namibia board and the Minister of Works and Transport The Villager has learned.

The Villager understands that the sale which Naruseb was not aware of and was only informed of on Wednesday evening was made to Westair Aviation.

Westair Aviation is an aviation service and solutions provider, which include aircraft maintenance and rebuilds, as well as flying operations and aviation training.

“I was not aware of it (the sale), I only heard about it when the chairman of the board of directors of Air Namibia called me late last night yesterday. I did not know anything about it. I have no clue on how much the air crafts have been sold for too, I was only told that it was sold to West Air or some name like that”, Naruseb told The Villager yesterday.

When The Villager inquired with Jooste on the sale of aircraft he said, that it is not true.

“That is 100% incorrect. I am not even aware of this at all. I also do not have the authority to approve something like that. Did Air Namibia ask for me to approve that? Why would they ask me and not the MWT?” Jooste said.

Schlettwein also told The Villager that, “Your source is wrong, ministry of finance or treasury did not authorise anything. There was no treasury approval and we were not approached in both cases. Who are your sources that are coming up with such unreliable and wrong information? I just spoke to Honourable Alpheus Naruseb and he says it is not true that he knows that the ministry of finance approved that and he is very correct, as I said the ministry of finance was never approached, so your source is very unreliable and do not use it in the future.”