Popular Democratic Movement leader, McHenry Venaani, has criticised the dishing out of fishing and mining rights to a politically connected few at the expense of more deserving Namibians. This, the Namibia press agency reports, after the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, Anna Shiweda, said in Parliament on Monday that Namibians who meet requirements to access rights to natural resources should not be discriminated against because of their close proximity to those in power. The argument was shot down by Venaani, who said it is open to abuse and claimed that Namibian politicians have done nothing to empower the masses with the country’s opulent resources but instead used their power to enrich themselves and their cronies.