24 Feb 2015 09:10am
WINDHOEK, 24 FEB (NAMPA) - Current Gender Equality and Child Welfare (MGECW) Minister Rosalia Nghidinwa has bid farewell to her ministry ahead of the swearing-in of the new government on Independence Day.
Nghidinwa told Nampa in an exclusive interview here last Thursday that although she was leaving office, she would not be retiring from politics.
Politics is not only in the office. Politics is wherever you are.
You can be a politician, as long as it is in the good faith of the political arena you are coming from, or where you stay, she noted.
She would continue to be a community politician, where she plans to hold interactive and informal meetings with womens empowerment groups and community members in the Kavango Region, albeit without the status of a minister.
Nghidinwa further plans to plough her vast experience, both political and social, as well as her international experiences back into her community as an ordinary member.
I am a community activist by nature and by profession, because I am a public health nurse, she added.
Nghidinwa promised that her successor will receive a full report which will inform him or her of what each directorate within the MGECW entails, the importance of the ministry and its day-to-day agendas, but most importantly the empowerment of women and children, and how he/she can continue fighting the scourge of gender-based violence with other stakeholders.
She furthermore encouraged other senior officials to continue carrying out their national duties as they have been doing in previous years.
I'd like to thank all staff members I worked with in the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare; the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration; and MGECW.
I'd also like to thank the drivers, personal assistant and private secretary, bodyguards who protected me, and with whom we drove long distances throughout the country without accidents. This has indeed made me very proud, she beamed.
Nghidinwa said going back into the communities will not be a challenge for her because she knows how to approach community members, to organise and bring them together to find solutions on social issues as well as on how to engage government in providing assistance in the respective communities where she will be working.