Namibians' freedom is not absolute: Geingob

07 Feb 2018 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 07 FEB (NAMPA) - Namibians seem to misunderstand their right to freedom after attainment of independence nearly 28 years ago, President Hage Geingob has said.
He said this at the opening of the 2018 legal year at the Supreme Court in Windhoek on Wednesday.
After oppression, Geingob said, some Namibians practice their right to freedom to say anything, anyhow and at any place, without realising that the people they are condemning and talking about have rights and freedoms too.
“Your freedom is not absolute. It is limited. All other people have their right to freedom too, so honour their freedom too,” he noted.
Geingob used the example of bar and night club owners who play loud music within residential areas under the premise that they are in a free country and “can do as they wish.”
“That’s correct, but how about those who want to sleep, those who want to study and those who are sick? So your freedom is not absolute, it is limited,” he stressed.
Geingob thus emphasised that it is crucial that the administrative law is upheld since the freedoms people enjoy are not absolute.
He added that administrative law should be viewed as one of a myriad of tools that Government is using to improve the lives of the people by protecting their human dignity and allowing them to pursue their ambitions under the umbrella of the national laws.
“We are intent on ensuring that no Namibian will be left out in terms of receiving justice. We must ensure justice for all citizens while enforcing the laws of the land in an accountable and transparent manner,” he stated.
The Head of State further encouraged the judiciary to continue working towards the expansion of local intellectual resources as well as encouraging national discourse on matters of law.
“Let us not keep knowledge behind closed doors, let us spread it nationwide and harness the power that comes along with it,” Geingob said.
The opening of the 2018 legal year was attended by an audience of more than 100 legal practitioners, including Chief Justice Peter Shivute; Judge President Petrus Damaseb; Ombudsman John Walters; Members of Parliament; judges and magistrates; lawyers and prosecutors.