A SENIOR leader of the Independent Patriots for Change (IPC), Abed-Nego ‘Bishop’ Hishoono, who not so long ago made slanderous and defamatory statements about the First Lady of Namibia, has formally apologized to Monica Geingos and tendered his resignation from all leadership positions he held in his party.
Hishoono, who is a teacher by profession, was still the IPC’s deputy secretary general and the party’s regional mobilizer in the Ohangwena Region when he made a video containing false statements about Geingos’s private life and implicating her in the recent liquidation of Air Namibia.
He apologized and resigned immediately after being served with the lawsuit.
Son of well-known veteran of the liberation struggle Kanana Hishoono, ‘Bishop’ is one of IPC leaders who are most active on social media.
However, contrary to what many IPC members expected, his apparent popularity on social media was strikingly different from his poor performance during last year’s regional and local authority elections where he participated as IPC candidate for the Eenhana constituency.
He obtained a mere 926 votes (13.33%) compared to Swapo’s Olivia Hanghuwo who obtained 6 021 votes (86.67%).
Geingos’s decision to sue Hishoono was welcomed by people who feel that freedom of speech is being abused. “We Namibians are enjoying our constitutionally enshrined freedom of speech and expression. Unfortunately, some people are going too far,” said Kleopas Daniel, a political watcher and resident of the Onangama village in the Ohangwena Region.
Meanwhile, controversial “Swapo foot soldier” Paulus Kalembera Simuku, well known as Kafu ka Namibia, has jumped before being pushed. Perhaps anticipating that he too might be sued, he hurriedly offered an “unconditional apology” for defamatory remarks he made on social media weeks ago while defending President Hage Geingob against social media critics. He claimed that Geingob’s otherwise good governance is being undermined by the fact that he is married to a thief.
Simuku is no novice to social media controversy.
Last year he appeared before the RuKwangali community court and was found guilty on charges of bearing false witness and crimen injuria. He was given a fine of N$12 000 or six head of cattle.
APOLOGIZING: Abed-Nego Hishoono, apologizing to First Lady Geingos. Photo: from the video