"No mismatch in my Cabinet": Geingob

03 Feb 2015 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 03 FEB (NAMPA) – President-elect Dr Hage Geingob says his Cabinet will not have a mismatch of ministers to portfolios once formed.
He made the statement during a question and answer session with the media on Monday after announcing his eight nominees for Parliament.
Geingob said that he will not appoint ministers to positions they do not have the background for.
“I have therefore asked every member of the Swapo-Party elected to go to Parliament to give me their curricula vitae. I have already gotten most of them,” he explained.
The incumbent Prime Minister made the statement after a local journalist questioned the Presidential Affairs’, and Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture ministers’ competency over the past five years.
“Presidents and leaders consider many things when they are setting up Cabinet. One is peace and reconciliation, the other is balancing of regions,” said Geingob.
He added that so-called experts alone cannot build a nation, and if that was the case they would have formed a party of experts.
Existing parties, the premier said, know how to unite the people, before stating that those who are labelled as useless by outsiders are the maintainers of peace of this country.
Geingob is expected to appoint his Cabinet in due course, and it will feature the new portfolio of vice-president.
On his eight nominees, the next president said it was not easy drawing up the list, but he has hopes of having eight new people whom he could use based on the new ideas he has.
Instead, Geingob said, he had to compromise and extend a political lifeline to some of the “old guard” to return to the National Assembly.
“The team I will be having is enough to carry out my task,” the President-elect indicated.
The nominees are current Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana; Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture Minister Jerry Ekandjo; and Governor of the Hardap Region, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa.
The others are Presidential Affairs Minister Albert Kawana; Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN Bishop Dr Zephania Kameeta; medical practitioner Dr Bernard Haufiku; National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) Managing Director Obed Kandjoze; and Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) member Heather Sibungo.