I would not be president if tribalism existed in Namibia: Geingob

20 Aug 2019 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 20 AUG (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob on Tuesday said that tribalism and corruption do not exist in Namibia, because if they did, he would not be the head of state as he is part of the minority.
Geingob was responding to questions from the media during a joint briefing with his Rwandan equivalent, Paul Kagame on Tuesday, with the latter in Namibia for a three-day State visit.
During the recently held countrywide town hall meetings, one of the topical issues was tribalism and corruption and it emerged from these meetings that after almost 29 years after independence, some Namibians feel excluded from positions of influence whether on the political, business or social front.
“Tribalism is caused by poverty. When people are left out and when someone is successful it (becomes about) ‘I’ but when a politician fails he goes and says ‘we are left out’. Those are the symptoms (of tribalism) we are seeing now,” an irate Geingob clarified.
He said poverty drives people to tribalism because they see successful people in high ranking positions, which turns the narrative to “our tribe is left out, our region is left behind”.
Geingob urged Namibians to plaster the wall of tribalism in order to build one Namibian house and no longer refer to themselves as part of an ethnic group but rather as a countrymen or women.
Also speaking on the matter, Kagame said tribalism and divisive politics is not advantageous for nation-building, however could be addressed through the right leadership of the country.
“It (tribalism) is not just happening in Namibia but all over in other African countries,” Kagame said.
Kagame recommended that leaders should find a common ground for the country and the differences to open up discussions and resolve tribalism in search of the good of the country that benefits all citizens.
“This is the foundation one has to step on to move forward from any division,” the Rwandan President said.