I am fit to be President despite surgeries: Geingob

12 Jul 2014 11:30am
SWAKOPMUND, 12 JUL (NAMPA) – The Swapo-Party’s presidential candidate, Prime Minister Hage Geingob says he is healthy enough to be the next President of Namibia despite fears to the contrary.
The Premier made the remarks at the closing ceremony of the four-day Heads of Mission Conference in Swakopmund on Friday.
“There was an SMS in one of our newspapers. They said this man is old to start with, he had brain surgery and now it’s his eye again. The man cannot see, how can he be president? He must go to his farm,” he said, quoting the content of the text message.
Geingob underwent minor brain surgery at the Mediclinic hospital in Windhoek in August last year.
The surgery was reportedly a standard medical procedure on his skull to remove blood caused by a small subdural bleed.
In May this year, the presidential candidate was admitted for an eye operation, to remove a cataract from his left eye.
Geingob, who turns 73 next month, on Friday however gave his assurance that he is fit to stand for the position.
“I just want to say I am not sick,” he stated.
Addressing a different topic, Geingob advised all Namibian ambassadors to place more focus on networking and developing relationships with potential investors.
He said the days when ambassadors’ roles were just diplomatic and ceremonial have passed; and they must now focus on making connections and marketing their country.
He noted that the diplomatic process has changed as there are now more expectations for ambassadors to attract and facilitate investment.
“To me the test of a good ambassador is whether he or she has friends outside the office. Whether they can invite senior government officials, business people in that country to their house and network,” said the Premier.
He further encouraged them to organise business meetings in their respective countries to deliberate on business opportunities for Namibia.
“Today’s ambassadors are marketers of their countries. Their appearance and knowledge could mean the difference between a billion dollar investment coming to Namibia or going elsewhere in the region. Most often, the first point of contact for foreign investors who are interested in investing in a particular country is the ambassador of that country,” he said.
The conference took place under the theme ‘Enhancing economic diplomacy in pursuance of Namibia’s foreign policy’.
In addition to staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the conference was attended by 26 current Heads of Mission, 25 Honorary Consuls, two Consuls-General, and 23 former Heads of Mission.