Following the airing of 'Anatomy of a Bribe' on the Al-Jazeera news channel on 1 December 2019, Bank Windhoek wish to make the following two statements.
Bank Windhoek has zero tolerance for any corrupt practices and non-compliance to regulatory requirements and thus our approach has always been to report any suspicious activity and suspicious transactions as guided by Namibian law and Bank of Namibia regulations.
Allegations and innuendo made on social media towards the Bank's Managing Director, Mrs. Baronice Hans are false and may constitutes criminal defamation. The Marine Resource Advisory Council was appointed on 29 November 2016, constituting of 13 members and was not done to replace specific members as alleged. Though Mrs. Hans was appointed on the Council, she never formally took up her position and resigned shortly after the appointment due to her obligations at Bank Windhoek.