Town hall meetings are not for fights: Geingob

14 Jul 2019 16:30pm
GOBABIS, 14 JUL (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob said his countrywide town hall meetings are aimed at promoting dialogue between him and the masses through democracy and transparency and not Government fighting the public.
The Head of State was referring to some community members of the Omaheke Region who were airing their concerns, especially on land, in an aggressive, insulting and informal manner, during his first countrywide town hall meeting on Thursday in Gobabis.
The purpose of the countrywide town hall meetings, the first of which was held 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.
“I do not know why we do not believe in dialogue. We did not come here to fight, therefore come make your case without getting angry,” he noted.
The Namibian leader noted that countries go to war when diplomacy fails, when people cannot meet at such platforms like human beings, therefore the meetings are aimed for the Namibian leader and his delegation to listen to Namibians in peace.
“We are not your enemies. We are angry with the oppressors. Even with the genocide, why are people getting angry with the Swapo Government? We are together fighting Germans as Namibians, so why the anger,” noted the President.
He advised that elections are coming and therefore those angry with his government should defeat him at the ballots during the upcoming presidential elections.
The Head of State also thanked the inhabitants of Omaheke Region for showing up in large numbers at the meeting.