15 Dec 2017 09:50am
SWAKOPMUND, 15 DEC (NAMPA) Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya on Thursday accused some newspapers in the country of focusing on irrelevant matters, sidelining national issues.
Speaking to journalists in Swakopmund, Tweya said the story about President Hage Geingobs business dealings in African Sunrise Investment, where he allegedly sold his shares to a business partner, was irrelevant.
Tweya said Geingob and his ministers called an annual press conference on Wednesday to update on national programmes.
He said journalists were accorded a chance at that conference to ask questions and inform the nation on constructive matters in an objective manner.
Instead of focusing on national issues, they deliberately sidelined that to focus on other things, fumed Tweya.
The minister said the Office of the President was perplexed by the approach taken by some newspapers, which chose to ignore the main message and objective of the press conference, instead focusing on side issues.
I wish to point out that the media twisted, misrepresented and got the facts wrong, Tweya stated.
He explained that the Hage Geingob Family Trust had sold its interests and is no longer connected to African Sunrise in any way.
Tweya continued that, to insinuate that the President is still connected to African Sunrise through his children, is a distortion of the truth and a continued attempt to smear and drag the Presidents name in the mud.
He said it was Governments expectation that in keeping with the spirit and objective of the press conference as articulated by the President, the media houses present would have given more prominence to the implementation of national programmes.
In this light, we urge local media to always report factually and objectively, to avoid sensationalism and inform the nation on issues that really matter. This is what we expect in the new year when such platforms are created, said Tweya.