Geingob asks commitment from judicial officials

08 Feb 2017 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 08 FEB (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob has urged judicial officers and lawyers to commit themselves to their occupation and help improve service delivery of Namibia’s justice system.
Geingob on Wednesday addressed the country’s judicial staff during the official opening of the 2017 legal year at the Supreme Court building.
The Namibian Head of State advised judiciary officers, lawyers and court officials to always commit themselves to safeguarding the gains of democracy, unity, peace, stability and rule of law that prevail in the country.
“We should rededicate ourselves, this year 2017, to ensure that the basic human rights and freedoms of the Namibian people shall never be compromised and that these rights and freedoms shall never be separated from law and justice,” said Geingob.
He called on every member of the legal profession to pursue excellence without compromise and to leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of justice with exemplary ethics and integrity.
According to Geingob, under the pillar of the Harambee Prosperity Plan in respect of Effective Governance, the Namibian Government has pledged to improve performance and service delivery and it is, therefore, important for judiciary staff to display high standards of integrity, competence and impartiality when performing their functions.
He stressed that judicial officers, court staff and lawyers must endeavour to be civil towards court users (people) to make them feel comfortable when approaching the agencies for redress and without the fear of embarrassment.
Geingob said a life of total dedication to the truth goes in tandem with the life of willingness to be challenged.
“So, expect to be challenged as you endeavour to maintain justice, but never compromise on your core principles for it is also said that a principle half compromised is a principle compromised.”
The President urged the legal profession en masse to look to other professions and indeed other jurisdictions and emulate the policies that they have implemented through training and regulation to incorporate the principle of service to society.