PRESIDENT Hage Geingob has condemn political leaders who are instigating people to claim for genocide and ancestral land, saying they are doing it for selfish reasons while the real victims suffer in silence.
Speaking during the town hall meeting held in Omuthiya on Monday, Geingob said that many of the people who are instigating others are part of the Government and they were there when the constitution was being drafted.
“We use emotional issues such as genocide for selfish reasons, while the real victims are suffering,” said Geingob.
Dr. Geingob called on Namibians to hold hands as one and to avoid tribalism, as everyone is part of the Namibian House with different cultural values and norms.
Geingob asked why Namibians are angry. “I was not there during the genocide time, but am being attacked.”
Geingob also stated that people are angry with the government over issues they have no knowledge about and they let themselves be used, saying that, that is how civil war start.
“We are going to get war if we aren’t careful,” he cited.
He called on Namibians to unify, stating that in uniting Namibians it won’t allow Germany to laugh at them, as they are doing now. They can easily divide Namibians.
He lashed out on farmers, that took their cattle’s to the military base, using the excuse of wanting grazing land for their animals due to drought. He said that it was done to provoke people and using people in such ways to claim ancestral land is wrong.
Furthermore, Geingob said some of the leaders were in the government 10 years ago and when they were successful it was all about them, but now when they failed and are in trouble is when they realize that there is a ‘we’ without caring who they hurt in the long run.
Geingob called on people to read their constitutions and understand the laws, rather than allowing themselves to be used.
Speaking at the same meeting, Prime Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila stated that the government has so far raised N$99 million from private companies, organizations and foreign governments towards the drought relief efforts.
“The foreigners are assisting us in the fight against the drought, the same way they have been supporting us during our liberation struggle,” cited Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.
She added that thus far only few leaders have contributed towards the 2 percent drought relief initiatives, with more expected to come on board.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila told the people in attendance that if they aren’t able to contribute the 2 percent, they can give what little they have towards the program.