Insulting Geingob is insulting Namibians: Sheya

27 Jun 2019 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JUN (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob should not be insulted by Namibians under the guise of freedom of speech and political consciousness, Kunene Governor Marius Sheya said on Thursday.
Sheya made this plea in Opuwo, when he delivered his second State of the Region Address.
The governor said Geingob has been subjected to an unprecedented level of insults from Namibians.
Those who propel the practice de facto insult Namibians, who gave Geingob an 87 per cent mandate to lead the country in 2014, he said.
“It has never been heard that a president is being insulted by anybody. Even if I am a governor, I don’t have the right to insult the president because the president is directly voted for by Namibians. So, while you are insulting the president, you are actually insulting all of us because we put him there,” Sheya said in his statement broadcast in national radio.
He continued: “I implore the residents of Kunene to condemn the insulting and personality-driven politics rearing its ugly head in the Namibian political landscape at the cost of society. We should, with strong contempt, stand against the insults of the President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr Hage Geingob,” the governor said.
Sheya was quick to note that Namibians who are frustrated or do not like the person of Geingob should be reminded that politics has always been “a battle of ideas, not insults”.
“As Africans and Namibians, it has never been or will never be our culture to swear at and insult our elders. Politics has always been about ideas and finding best solutions for the greater good of society,” he said.
Sheya made this call knowing that 2019 will be a year in which Namibians will go to the polls again for the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
He said the election presents the ultimate platform in any democratic society for one’s voice to be heard.
“Namibians aged 18 years and above in the Kunene Region, go and register from 08 to 27 July 2019 and vote on 27 November. Your vote counts and it is your right to vote,” he said.