Geingob wants remorseful apology from Endjala

28 Jul 2017 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JUL (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob has ordered the Omusati regional governor Erginus Endjala to issue another public apology on tribal utterances he made in an audio recorded conversation between him and a certain Taimi Tekla Iimbili recently.
A media release issued by Press Secretary in the Office of the President, Albertus Aochamub on Friday said Geingob wants Endjala to prepare an apology that is unreserved, unequivocal and unconditional.
“This order is contained in a strongly worded letter dated 27 July 2017 to the governor in which the President specifically states that the apology the governor issued earlier falls far short of a comprehensive statement of regret,” Aochamub said.
According to Aochamub, the letter quotes the governor as having simply said “I apologise if it offended or inconvenienced anybody”.
Geingob said in his letter that Endjala, as his representative in the region, is expected to uphold the highest standards of leadership and constitutional principles, especially with regard to fostering peace and harmonious relations.
“Your unfortunate tribal utterances, therefore, are counterproductive and diminish our concerted effort to build an inclusive Namibian House where all tribes and races live in unity and harmony,” Geingob said in the letter.
Approached for comment on Friday, Endjala confirmed Geingob had ordered him to issue another apology on the basis that the first one had not demonstrated total remorse.
“It is not only the President, but it was also all these days a public outcry that the apology I gave earlier was not remorseful enough,” he replied, adding that he was going to issue another apology.
Geingob’s demand for an apology follows the ruling Swapo party’s recall of former Lands Reform Deputy Minister Clinton Swartbooi from the National Assembly, also for tribal utterances he made.
On Thursday Swartbooi announced his resignation from Swapo at a media conference in Windhoek.
Endjala presented his first apology to journalists who attended a media conference he held at his office at Outapi last week.
In the audio recording in question, he allegedly labelled Oshindonga-speaking Namibians as “generational traitors, starting from their late King (omukwaniilwa) Nehale lyaMpingana.”
Endjala is recorded telling Iimbili that Oshindonga-speaking people have a track record of being sell-outs since the era of the country’s liberation struggle.
In the same recording he singled out Fillemon Nangolo, well-known as Castro, Andreas Shipanga, Peter Nayemba as the liberation struggle traitors from the Ondonga tribe, while the Swapo coordinator for Oshikoto Region, Armas Amukwiyu, and the Affirmative Repositioning leader, Job Amupanda, are labelled the sitting traitors within Swapo.
Endjala has been described by many people on social media as a tribalist because of the audio recording.
Although he admitted that the audio recording was of a conversation between him and Iimbili, he denied being a tribalist.
“I also did not expect the private discussion to be recorded and circulated in that fashion. I am not a tribalist,” he said.
Iimbili declined to be associated with the audio recording in question when this news agency approached her last week, saying she knows nothing of it.