RACISM and tribalism are the same thing and senior officials in the Namibian Presidency have been cautioned that none of it has a place in governance.
President Hage Geingob, during a meeting with Vice President, Nangolo Mbumba, Gender Equality and Child Welfare Minister Doreen Sioka, Deputy Ministers, Advisors and Executive Directors in the Presidency, reminded the attendees that the ethos of the Presidency should be courtesy, transparency, effectiveness and a commitment to excellence in the provision of services to the public.
Geingob reminded senior officials attending the meeting that they need to be exemplary servants of the Namibian people, adding that there are clear standards of service that individuals and the public should reasonably expect from the Presidency and government at large.
“Services must be provided without discrimination, favouritism, tribalism or racism. Racism and tribalism are the same thing and have no place in governance,” the President said.
Geingob also reminded senior officials that they are expected to do more with less, be prudent and save taxpayers’ resources at all times.
The President concluded the meeting by saying that senior officials are expected to provide leadership, teamwork, harmonious working relations and must be disciplined at all times.
“We all need one another to make Namibia a better place for all,” he said.