Presidency explains Geingob’s second-round regional town hall meetings

03 Jul 2019 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 03 JUL (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob’s plan to visit each of the 14 regions between 11 July and 13 August 2019 is to review the progress on drought relief, according to the Presidency.
Geingob, through the visits, wants to identify bottlenecks in order to scale up interventions in the said programme, an official statement issued by State House said on Wednesday.
Responding to questions sent by Nampa on Wednesday, Press Secretary Alfredo Hengari said being a proactive leader with a pragmatic approach to problem-solving, Geingob believes in being on the ground to get first-hand experience of what is working and what is not.
Nampa queried if the visits were necessary considering Geingob is represented by governors in the 14 regions, coupled with Government’s acknowledgement of the cost of travelling by officials being a burden on the State fiscus.
“Are you saying that the president should sit in the office and read reports?” asked Hengari.
This will be the second set of regional town hall meetings Geingob will be undertaking since becoming president in 2015, during which he engaged Namibians across the board.
Hengari added: “Yes, President Geingob will receive reports from the regions, but believes strongly in verification. President Geingob is a man of the terrain and in touch with the most basic preoccupations of Namibians.”
The presidential spokesperson also said the president believes in proximity, and getting out of State House to understand and deal with the challenges facing Namibians head-on across the regions.
Hengari did not say if the president will be accompanied by other members of the Executive during his tour.
Geingob’s official itinerary indicates that on 11 July, he will be in Gobabis, followed by Otjiwarongo the next day.
On 16 July, he is scheduled to be in Mariental and in Keetmanshoop the following day.
He will visit Walvis Bay on 18 July and Khorixas the day after.
This will be followed by meetings in Outapi (20 July) and Tsumeb (29 July).
Next month, the president will be in the Oshana Region on 05 August and the Ohangwena Region on 07 August.
On 08 August, Geingob will assess the situation in Kavango East, before proceeding to Kavango West the subsequent day and the Zambezi Region on 10 August.
The towns for the meetings in these regions are yet to be announced.
The Head of State is expected to conclude his mission in Windhoek three days later.