Diplomats must also account: Geingob

24 Feb 2019 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 24 FEB (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob on Friday called on diplomats representing countries and institutions in Namibia to equally account to their respective people on how their relations with Namibia helped improve their lives.
He made this call during the New Year greeting ceremony held for the members of the diplomatic corps at State House.
Having declared 2019 ‘The Year of Accountability’ - Geingob reiterated that accountability is an integral part of governance, whether at national or global level.
“Thus, in the arena of international diplomacy, we should similarly account to our respective people on how our relations and cooperation improved their lives and wellbeing,” Geingob told the about 200 diplomats present at the gathering.
He further urged the attachés to ensure that the conclusion of their bilateral and multilateral instruments should lead to tangible results and play a direct role in the improvement of living conditions.
The Head of State added that enhanced bilateral, political and economic relations would create opportunities to further advance infrastructure development, promote joint ventures and expand cooperation in areas of trade, culture, science and technology.
To this end, Geingob said it is vital that both Namibia and the ambassadors representing various nations continue promoting new bilateral cooperation.
“Our cooperation should always be people-centred, with specific focus on the youth. It is important that at both national and international levels, we honour the commitments we have made in order to remain accountable to the people.”
The gathering was also attended by Namibia’s two former presidents, Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba.
Speaking at the same occasion, Anastas Kaboba Kasongo Wa-Kimba, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo and acting dean of the diplomatic corps, vowed to support Namibia in the furtherance of its development agenda.
Wa-Kimba also took the time to pay tribute to Namibia’s fallen heroes, namely former Speaker of the National Assembly and diplomat par excellence, Theo-Ben Gurirab.
He further paid tribute to former deputy minister and unionist Peter Iilonga, former army commander Peter Nambundunga, and former Namibian ambassador to Germany and Swapo activist Hanno Rumpf.
Wa-Kimba also thanked Geingob for his dedication to fight corruption and dedication to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor.
“Our countries are ready to support Namibia,” he said.