Ivula-Ithana and Ekandjo dismissed from Ministerial roles

01 Feb 2018 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 01 Feb (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob has dismissed Pendukeni Ivula-Ithana and Jerry Ekandjo from their respective ministerial positions, with immediate effect.
Letters circulating on social media on Thursday afternoon, signed by President Hage Geingob, indicate that the ministers have been relieved of their duties as per Article 32 (6) of the Namibian Constitution.
Contacted for comment on the authenticity of the letter, Sharonice Busch from State House could only say that Office of the President would issue a media statement in due course.
The Article 32 (6) of the Constitution says that any person appointed by the President pursuant to powers vested in him or her by this constitution or any other law may be removed by the President by the same process through which such person was appointed.
“The termination of your appointments should in no way be interpreted as a blight on the immense personal sacrifices as well as the immeasurable contribution you have made in the interest of the republic of Namibia during our struggle for independence as well as after independence,” says the letter addressed to Ivula-Ithana.
Contacted for comment on Thursday, Ivula-Ithana told Nampa that she had not yet received the letter of dismissal.
“I am at the farm and not aware of the letter circulating. Maybe it is still coming,” she said.
Efforts to get comment from Ekandjo proved futile.