Uncooperative government officials will not be tolerated: Geingob

08 Feb 2018 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 08 FEB (NAMPA) – The lack of teamwork between some ministers, deputy ministers and permanent secretaries will no longer be tolerated, President Hage Geingob said on Thursday.
Geingob made the remarks during the official opening of Cabinet for the year on Thursday.
He instructed Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, as per her constitutional mandate, to see to it that government officials who permit such bottlenecks and inefficiencies to persist, are held accountable and called to order.
“Dysfunctional relationships between ministers and their deputies and permanent secretaries and their deputies, will in time compromise our ability to deliver quality goods and services,” Geingob stressed.
The Presidents mentioned incidents such as delays in the ordering of medication and school books, adding that this amounts to inexcusable gross negligence and among others compromises the Namibian child’s right to education.
He also expressed concern about “uninspired public servants” who take their professional roles and obligations for granted.
“Civil servants occupying positions with a sense of entitlement, or under the false belief that nobody can fire them because they are civil servants, will not be tolerated.”
Additionally, Geingob noted that he deliberately adopted this year’s theme (‘The Year of Reckoning’) and called on public office-bearers to account to the nation with regards to the realisation of electoral promises and implementation of national development plans.
“Reckoning includes due recognition for delivery and stark consequences for non-delivery and in this regard, we intend to intensify our focus and efforts towards accountability, transparency and effective governance,” he said.
The Head of State however noted that those who found to have neglected their public duties will be given a fair opportunity to defend themselves.