Will parliamentarians keep up with Geingob swag?
Hate it or love it, there is something fascinating about how President Hage Geingob fits in a suit. The old saying goes nothing looks better than a man in a suit and to that I’m sure the first lady, Monica Geingos, can attest.
He is so good with suits that even James Bond, with his 007 code, can learn a thing or two from Hadago on how to don a suit.
Even on his inauguration, Hadago was in an immaculate blue suit that complimented Madam Geingos. The only thing that remains to be seen, however, is whether his new cabinet and the other parliament members can match the standards set by arguably the country’s best-dressed man.
While a few cabinet and parliament members will need serious orientation from the President on being presentable, others are not far off and just need to keep up their ‘swag’.
Perhaps to complement his attire, the President knows exactly what the country’s challenges are and how to address them. The contest is with the parliamentarians that do not have a hint about where to look if they want to pick out clothes that will allow them to look presentable.
Those that need to up their game include our comrades Usko Nghaamwa, Jerry Ekandjo and the General himself, Charles Namoloh with his trademark beret, which makes him look like Julius Malema’s older brother.
This group will have to pull the cat out of the bag to be anywhere near the position of best dressed in parliament. While the first batch struggles to strut a walk in a suit, there are those who have made it to parliament and recognise the importance of looking good.
Very few will argue that DTA president, McHenry Venaani, and Minister of Tourism and Environment, Pohamba Shifeta do not take the effort to make themselves look presentable. This duo can give the President a good run for his money when it comes to dressing. Shifeta certainly knows when to dress up and when to dress down. Since he made it to parliament a while back, there is hardly a time the young minister is seen anything but presentable.
It’s not only the man who know how to look bad or good as you only have to look at our Minister of Education to know what it means to look good. They might call her Hurricane Katrina but Hurricane swag could have been a more befitting nickname because she certainly knows the purpose of a closet. Perhaps a couple more stateswomen going to parliament for the first time will have to pluck a leaf from Katrina Hanse-Himarwa’s tree of swag.
Our version of Mama Africa, Deputy Prime Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndeitwa, is one of those mature MPs who are riding next to the Geingobs. This woman can pull off any African style be it in a dress, skirt or a lady suit.
Prime Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, is also another one who could easily make the best out of a white and black outfit. Her hair is always well done, her kitten heels polished and her brooch complementing her outfit.
Yes, good taste or good style is not in all of us. Some of us really just pick up a suit from any Chinese shop and wear it to the most celebrated event in Namibia but all is not lost except if you are comrade Nghaamwa.
This gentleman seemingly walks into a shop like a colour-blind bride and picks the biggest suit he can find featuring all the colours of the rainbow. Yes, this is the fashion that we call ‘ice cream flavours’. This man would put on a red, green and white suit to any event, when in actual fact he would be wearing strawberry, mint and vanilla flavors as an outfit. Perhaps that is why he opted not to go to Parliament because he was not sure how many of his fellow MPs he would offend with his dress-code.
Have you seen the Jeepers Creepers movie? Does it remind you of any former MP? Because it reminds us of Comrade Nahas Angula and his long black coat that would be buttoned up all the way to the neck. We don’t know if that was a Jacket is borrowed from Comrade Nghaamwa or picked up from the thrift shop but either way, a refund should be sought.
As for General Namoloh, and his beret counterpart Petrus Ilonga, you have to understand; Once a soldier, always a soldier. That is why you would see the two looking like the terrible twins in whatever suits they are wearing. Perhaps Dr. Geingob could allow the general to go to cabinet in his camouflage gear. Who knows? He might take the cake for the being the best-dressed military man.
Rosalia David: The Villager