Office bearers must be trusted by community members: Geingob

11 Jul 2019 17:30pm
GOBABIS, 11 JUL (NAMPA) – There is a need for government office bearers to be transparent and accountable to community members so that they can trust the government.
This was said by President Hage Geingob while addressing a packed school hall at Gobabis on Thursday.
“In Africa and in the world today, politicians are not trusted and if they are not transparent and honest, they are stealing and are corrupt and therefore are not trusted,” Geingob explained.
The Head of State went on to urge members of the Gobabis community to identify those ministers and leaders that are corrupt and dishonest but with the specific actions that they have committed.
“I am here because I want to hear your problems and for you to hold me accountable, therefore speak up now,” he urged.
He advised that in difficult times such as the current drought and economic situation, it is important for Namibians to lift up their heads, hold hands and have faith in order to pull through the situation.
The Namibian leader further reiterated the need to root out tribalism and racism in order to build a nation with a steady foundation of trust and transparency, inclusive of all races and ethnicities.
The purpose of the countrywide town hall meetings, the first of which was the one in Gobabis, is to directly engage with inhabitants of the various regions at grassroots level and listen to their concerns and challenges, in particular the drought situation, wellbeing and collectively seek solutions as well as provide feedback on the issues raised since the last visit on September 2015.
The President was accompanied by ministers, deputy ministers and executive directors.