'Ethnicity did not play a role with Geingob's appointments'

12 Mar 2015 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 12 MAR (NAMPA) – President-elect Dr Hage Geingob's choice for the top three positions in government is based on integrity rather than succession or political ties, political analyst and human rights activist Dr Nico Horn said.
Horn made these analysis in an interview with Nampa on Thursday.
The interview followed on the heels of the appointment made by Geingob, when he appointed Veterans' Affairs Minister Nickey Iyambo as the country's first Vice -President (VP), while Finance Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila becomes the country's first female Prime Minister (PM).
Geingob revealed that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, will become the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM).
“These appointments are all good choices although unexpected for many of us.We did not expect Kuugongelwa-Amadhila to become PM and Iyambo to become VP,” he said.
The appointments, he added, do not look like it could be political or that Geingob is trying to resolve Swapo issues.
The president-elect, he said, has opted to create some kind of trust and stability from those around him.
His only concern with the nominees, Horn noted, is Iyambo's age, who at 79 may not actively execute his duties as expected.
“Age is also a relative issue however Iyambo has been a medical doctor for sometime, looks good and still speaks with power and conviction,” Horn said.
The human rights activist also expressed concern with the appointment of Nandi-Ndaitwah to the position of DPM, saying government should not waste her talents by just taking her out of politics.
According to Horn, those who have served at this position usually just get lost in the position which is perceived as ceremonious.
On the issue of the trio belonging to one ethnic group of which many including the president of the DTA expressed concern over, Horn said there is no surprise as it was expected with the amendments of the constitution last year.
“I personally do not think that in this case, ethnicity should play a huge role as we already have a non Oshiwambo speaking President. For me and most of the people that I spoke to, this was not an issue this time around,” he stressed.
Horn cautioned the nation not to try and balance every appointment government makes otherwise, people become ethicists.
“We should not push that issue too much,” Horn warned.