THE second week of Town-Hall Meetings and Regional Assessment Missions came to end after the President concluded a meeting with residents of the Erongo Region in Swakopmund.
At the Erongo Meeting President Geingob was joined by several Cabinet members, including Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila who provided feedback on the current drought relief programme that has been underway since the declaration of drought as a national emergency.
According to a statement issued by State house at the conclusion of the Erongo meeting the president and his delegation visted the Trans Kalahari Highway construction project to assess progress of the work on the road that will serve as a corridor for Walvis Bay, Windhoek and Central Namibia through Botswana and South Africa prior to the Town-Hall meeting at the Tamariskia Town Hall.
During the Town-Hall Meeting, President Geingob encouraged dialogue.
“With engagement you find one another, but if you don’t talk, you suspect each other, he said.
Dr. Geingob recognized that corruption has been decentralized hence the need for better authority for regional leaders in order to deal with the corruption occurring at regional level.
The President further addressed the concern regarding civil servants engaging in business activities, directing the Prime Minister to explain that the Public Service Act provides that public servants are only allowed to do business after they have declared direct or indirect interest in business activities, after permission had been granted permission.
Prime Minister Kuugongelwa-Amadhila informed that there have been cases of public servants who have been apprehended for their business activities outside the Act, and prosecuted and even found guilty.
The Head-of-State in a number of comments also addressed the recurrent concerns there are regarding service provision by those in the public sector.
Addressing the issue of inequality, President Geingob said that initiatives such as the New Equitable Economic Empowerment
Framework should not just be rejected, but revisited and reworked.
“One thing is clear that we have to address inequality,” President Geingob told the meeting.
A total of 22 submissions were made from representatives of business sector, youth leaders, elderly, town councils and private sector.
Participants from the business sector said that while they believe in President Geingob’s vision, some are failing in supporting his vision.
They submitted that government must consider providing cheaper water and electricity by looking into the options of nuclear energy and water desalination.
They also submitted that Namibia must look at areas such as the blue economy and see where value can be added for the benefit of the Namibian economy.
Activists for the legalisation of cannabis have sought audience with law makers and the Head of State to discuss the future of medicinal cannabis and the decriminalization of its use and growing the plants.
Participants also questioned why China was using Uranium, while the country can be using the natural resource for itself.
During the //Karas Town-Hall Meeting the day before Dr. Geingob told residents of the southern region that the Regional Assessment Missions (RAM) are purposed to build the Namibian House.
According to the statement by the Namibian Presidency the meeting was preceded by an assessment mission at farm Itsawises near Keetmanshoop.
During the Town-Hall Meeting at Keetmanshoop, Dr. Geingob emphasized that the idea of transparency is paramount.
“This is the only country all of us can call home,” he said.
President also added, “we believe that governance should be inclusive” hence the trip to the regions.
The President spoke strongly against bad service by the public sector saying those working in government are there to serve the Namibian people.
Responding to the unemployment concern, Dr. Geingob said: “We come from a background of having a boss always. That is the problem.”
The President challenged the youth to change the narrative of being job seekers.