WINDHOEK, 18 DEC (NAMPA) -
Transparency is not calling a press conference and then telling people that one does not know how much they earn because someone who knows their wealth, knows their salary. President of the DTA of Namibia, McHenry Venaani called a media conference on Thursday when he shared an open letter to the Office of the President addressing matters the party considers important to the national discourse of the country.
These matters include the apparent request to build a Chinese naval base in Namibia, the bloated public service personnel, subsidisng communal farmers during the drought and easier access to capital for SME's.
"How can you know the bigger figure and not the smaller figure; the monthly figure of what you earn? It goes to say that even the salaries of the advisors are being deliberately withheld from the public. Deliberately because these people know that they have been doing a disservice to the country," he charged.
According to him, Geingob speaks of transparency, however transparency is not holding a press conference and then not being able to answer the question of how much he earns because he does not know. The Head of State on Monday held a media conference to give feedback to the nation on his term of office so far.
He however dodged journalists' questions about increasing Government expenditure despite proposed budget cuts and realignments by Finance Minister, Calle Schlettwein. Geingob said that he did not know his salary and maneuverer his way around answering the question by claiming the media had implied that he earns N.dollars 2 million which he also said he was not paid.
"That is not transparency; it is a mockery of transparency. If he (Geingob) claims to be transparent, he must be transparent," Venaani said, adding the party will not rest until it knows how much the president and his advisors earn.
He added that people's salaries in the civil service are not a secret, because it is not the Head of State's money that pays their salaries but the people's money, therefore people have a right to know how their money is spent.
Venaani also added that his party had for the past nine months tried to hold consultations with Geingob, and had requested his office for meetings but that the Office of the President had technically embargoed these requests.
"I want to engage the president of this country. Do you mean that it is enough for him to meet rugby players of this country but it is not enough to meet the opposition party of this country? The one that have the second largest votes in this republic?" This is a backlash of democracy, Venaani said. (NAMPA) ANS/LI/CT