Namibia does not exist in isolation: Simataa

07 Feb 2019 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 07 FEB (NAMPA) – The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa, on Thursday chastised media organisations for reporting on the number of trips President Hage Geingob has undertaken, saying Namibia is a member of the global community.
The minister’s remarks follow media reports detailing the number of trips that President Hage Geingob has undertaken, while also highlighting the number of days he has spent abroad.
The reports highlighted that Geingob had traveled to 16 countries and spent 64 days abroad during the year 2018, despite banning public officials from undertaking international trips as part of his administration’s cost cutting measures.
Briefing the media on Cabinet resolutions here on Thursday, Simataa said the media does not seem to appreciate that as member of the global community, Namibia does not exist in isolation.
“Namibia cannot afford not to participate in certain activities that shape the development locally. When you report on the President traveling you forget to say what he was engaging and what has come out,” he stressed.
He noted that the nation at large should recognise that ministers and the President do not travel for pleasure but for engagements that will benefit the country.
“People should appreciate that some of the outcomes from these engagements, they take time to see the fruits, however the result will come,” he said.
Simataa added that Namibia can only assess its role among the nations of this world through participating in international engagements, adding that such platforms are where Namibia derives its respect, through making contributions.
He noted that media practitioners should understand that they are the Fourth Estate and play a very important role, which requires them to report accurately and objectively, as well as without prejudicing.
“The accountability challenge President has announced this year is not only for those in government. Media practitioners; public and private sectors we [also] need to account,” he noted.