ON the eve of departing for Dar es Salaam to attend the 39th Ordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community and to hand over the role of Chairperson of the SADC to the Tanzanian Head of State, President Hage Geingob concluded the series of Town Hall Meetings with people from all 14 regions of Namibia in Windhoek.
At the end of the series of meetings that concluded with the Khomas Region in the Ramatex building in Windhoek, President Geingob expressed his appreciation for the vibrant democracy that enables and affords the Namibian Nation the opportunity to have such an open platform to engage Government directly.
The format of the meeting series kept to the pattern of giving feedback on points raised during the first series of regional meetings and the challenges of the nation from five years ago by the panel of ministers and other parties responsible for certain issues.
During the latest series the raging drought and the socio-economic hardships that came with it took centre stage along with housing and land, the new curriculum introduced in schools, the lack of opportunities for the youth for employment, difficulties experienced with establishing businesses and the relaxation of trade and austerity restraints, the position and power of traditional leaders in the larger system of Namibia and even the legalisation of cannabis were on the agenda for discussion with the President and the panel of ministers that accompanied him.
Most of the new proposals and presentations were accompanied by comprehensive document bundles that were handed to the presidential panel for further perusal and scrutiny of the finer points highlighted by representative groupings and individuals.
In closing the final open and direct interaction with the people of Namibia the President thanked the nation for their willingness to open up about the challenges they face on a daily basis.
“I thank all the 14 regions for the interesting engagements with the country’s leadership. Let us hold hands and build our Namibian House. Like in any house we might disagree on many levels but in the end this is the only country we can call our own so let us find a way to get past the differences and build the house.”
The latest series of town hall meetings was interrupted a few times to afford the President to attend to matters of state and that of the SADC region.
There was an official state visit by the Zimbabwean President, the official and historical inauguration of the New Container Terminal at the Port of Walvis Bay and the witnessing of the landmark Mozambican Peace Pledge that President Geingob attended.