Geingob preaches national unity

22 Jul 2019 19:30pm
OMUTHIYA, 22 JUL (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob on Monday appealed to all Namibians to hold hands in unity to build a strong foundation for an inclusive Namibian House and avoid instigations.
Addressing thousands of Oshikoto residents during his second town hall meeting for the Oshikoto Region at Omuthiya here on Monday, Geingob condemned infighting that has become the order of the day in various traditional authorities in Namibia.
“Why are people angry,” Geingob asked, adding that although Namibia faces a severe drought, leaders should refrain from instigating farmers to move their cattle into bases of the Airforce wing of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF).
He was referring to the conflict between some leaders and members of the NDF in the Erongo Region, where farmers allegedly moved their cattle into the base of the force without authorisation.
“We use emotional issues such as genocide and the claims of ancestral land for selfish reasons, while the real victims suffer,” said Geingob.
Speaking at the same meeting, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila pointed out that the government has thus far raised N.dollars 99 million from foreign governments, private companies and organisations towards the drought relief efforts.
“The foreigners are assisting us in this drought the same way they supported us during our liberation struggle,” Kuugongelwa-Amadhila told those present.
However, the Namibian premier stressed that relief food and incentives should be distributed to the needy people.
Vice President Nangolo Mbumba, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and several other senior government officials also attended the meeting.