Government work 'not a love affair': Geingob
16 Apr 2016 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 16 APR (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob has told public office-bearers that they are not appointed to be loved or liked by the public, but to serve the people.
Speaking during a consultative meeting with Permanent Secretaries here on Friday, Geingob said Government work was not a love affair.
He was responding to reports of bad blood among high ranking government officials, including allegations that some ministers and their permanent secretaries do not talk to each other.
If it happens that in a ministry people dont talk to one another because they dont like each other, be professional. You have your terms of reference, the President said.
He added that there are individuals that did not support him, but despite that he still went on to appoint them in various positions.
I was saying yesterday to deputy ministers or to anybody that I appointed that if it is a question of disliking a person because they were not supporting you, then I wouldnt have appointed many of you here today and its true. You must rise above that.
This is not a question of 'I like you or I love you'. Its professionalism to serve the Namibian nation, said Geingob.