Nudo not happy with President-elect's top-three appointment

12 Mar 2015 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 12 MAR (NAMPA)- The National Unity Democratic Organisation(Nudo) has expressed disappointment in the decision of the President-Elect Hage Geingob's announcement of the government's top three officials.
Geingob on Wednesday appointed Nickey Iyambo to the position of Vice-President, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila as Prime Minister (PM) and Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah as Deputy Prime Minister.
Geingob will be sworn-in as next President of Namibia on 21 March this year. The position of Vice-President is newly created as per an amendment to the Namibian Constitution made last year.
A media statement issued by Nudo's Advisor to the party President, Joseph Kauandenge, stated that Geingob has been on record during his election campaign last year that he aim to form an inclusive government that will take into account all the inhabitants of this country irrespective of their tribal origin.
“Such was the euphoria of his nomination to the highest office of the land that even people who are not Swapo members flocked to the polls and voted for him, believing that finally they will have someone in State House who understand and appreciate this country diversity, and rightfully they thought that his appointments in any government structure will take that into account,” said Kauandenge.
He stated that the announcement came as the biggest surprise to them, saying Geingob simply carried on where President Hifikepunye Pohamba left by making sure that those from the northern part of the country continue to enjoy top positions in his new yet to be formed Government.
“We have no basis to question the capabilities of the said appointed top four.Yes, granted they might posses the necessary qualifications or experience, but Geingob should have applied his mind critically to this appointment by bringing a balanced top four keeping in mind that we all yearn for change and pray for equal representation at the highest level,” he said.
Kauandenge said it is a 'slap in the face' of many who had 'a lot of hope in the promise of a better tomorrow, to those who believed that there is change in the air and to those who had a dream that Namibia in his hand will charter a new direction.'
Meanwhile the DTA of Namibia President,McHenry Venaani, also expressed disappointment with the Geingob for having appointed only Oshiwambo-speaking persons in the top-three positions of the government structure on Wednesday.