29 Sep 2016 20:50pm
WINDHOEK, 29 SEP (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob said the promotion of transparency, good governance and accountability in all levels of government must always start with the top leadership.
The Namibian Head of State said this during a public lecture at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts in the USA on Wednesday. He addressed an audience of scholars, students and the general public on issues of governance, democracy and development reforms in Africa.
The promotion of transparency and accountability must always start at the top. That is why in the case of Namibia, my wife and I had decided to publicly declare our assets and income.
Cabinet Ministers are required to annually declare their assets and income to the Head of State, while Members of Parliament declare to the Speaker of Parliament and civil servants to the Prime Ministers, said Geingob.
The president further said the Namibian media has also played a large role with regards to promoting transparency, good governance and accountability in all levels of government since Namibias independence in 1990.
At present, Namibia has the freest press in Africa as rated by Reporters Without Borders. Furthermore, all basic civil liberties and political rights are practiced freely in the country.
On democracy and election, Geingob said Namibia has definitely achieved a lot in terms of establishing its democracies and currently, we are practicing procedural or electoral democracy in the country.
On gender equality, he said many Namibian women now occupy high positions in Government, State-owned entities and in private companies.
We are also now seeing more and more young people in Namibia playing influential roles in the area of free enterprise, equal rights and humanitarian issues.
According to him, the government is now focusing on promoting youth enterprise in order to ensure that Namibias youth become part and parcel of the governance of their country.
Geingob's high-powered delegation to the USA includes the ministers of Mines and Energy; Finance; Home Affairs; Labour and Industrial Relations; Economic Planning; and Industrialisation and Trade; and several business personalities.
They are expected back home on Monday.