Ngatjizeko denies writing widely circulated 'resignation letter'

23 Feb 2018 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 23 FEB (NAMPA) - Former Presidential Affairs Minister, Immanuel Ngatjizeko has distanced himself from a resignation letter that circulated on social media this week.
The letter, alleged to have been authored by Ngatjizeko, started circulating on several social media platforms after an announcement by State House Press Secretary Alfredo Hengari that Ngatjizeko was relieved of his duties due to ill health on Wednesday.
He was the Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development before his appointment as Presidential Affairs Minister - a position he held for two weeks before stepping down.
Ngatjizeko in a telephonic interview with Nampa on Thursday denied writing the letter or making any public statements regarding his resignation, adding that State House had explained everything.
He said the letter, which said he resigned “with a heavy heart” and that his resignation may “appear to be an act of defiance”, was in fact plagiarised from former Zambian Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba’s resignation letter issued in January 2018.
“I don’t know what the motive behind the letter is, but I suspect it was done to ruin my reputation and I would like to advise and warn whoever is doing it not to use social media to do things outside the law or that are inappropriate,” Ngatjizeko said.
The former minister also indicated that he would remain loyal to Swapo and would continue being a Member of Parliament, despite his health.
“I would also like to apologise to anyone who might have been hurt by the statements made in the letter,” he said.