Geingob reveals reasons for not attending Damara festival

09 Feb 2017 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 09 FEB (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob has revealed the reasons why he did not attend the Damara Cultural Festival at Okombahe in November last year.
A media statement availed to Nampa on Thursday by Press Secretary in the Presidency, Albertus Aochamub said certain factors had been overlooked when the president accepted the invitation to attend the festival.
The statement said Geingob accepted the invitation to attend the cultural festival at Okombahe, but it was later discovered that Chief Justus Garoeb is not recognised as traditional leader of the Damara people under the relevant laws of the country and the President could therefore not attend the festival.
Following Geingob’s absence at the festival without his office providing any tangible explanation, people, especially on social media and other public platforms, accused him of snubbing the Damaras.
Further accusations emerged targeting the President after he attended cultural festivals in other regions such as Zambezi.
In the aftermath of the public outcry, the Office of the President has issued advice to the advisors and leaders of the traditional authority of Garoeb to file the required application with supporting documents without delay to the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development so that the application can be considered.