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President should not throw around insults at SONA: Swartbooi

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We expect President Hage Geingob to genuinely conduct himself as a leader that accounts to government policies and not throw around insults when he delivers the State of the Nation Address on Thursday.’These were the words of Landless People’s Movement…

We expect President Hage Geingob to genuinely conduct himself as a leader that accounts to government policies and not throw around insults when he delivers the State of the Nation Address on Thursday.’

These were the words of Landless People’s Movement (LPM) leader Bernadus Swartbooi on Wednesday while addressing the media here on what they expect from the SONA.

President Geingob is expected to deliver the SONA on Thursday in the National Assembly which is in accordance with Article 32 (2) of the Namibian Constitution stating during such session the president “shall address Parliament on the state of the nation and on the future policies of the government; shall report on the policies of the previous year and shall be available to respond to questions”.

Swartbooi said they don’t expect the president come to the NA and throw insults or insinuations to LPM members of parliament or to other political parties, but should rather be there as a president that is ready to engage in a respectful and thorough manner to protect, promote and maintain the decorum of the House.

“If His Excellency fails to live up to that ethos of respecting us, we will return the favour kindly and we will repeat precisely the injury of what occurred last year. But if he chooses a different kind of leadership that recognises the status of his office we will without any regret, any doubt treat him with the utmost respect that his office deserves,” said Swartbooi.

He also took issue with former Defence and Veterans Affairs minister Hafeni Peter Vilho, saying that LPM is not satisfied with his resignation because there are no investigations by the authorities.

Vilho resigned earlier this month after meeting Geingob at State House after he admitted to have an undeclared bank account in Hong Kong.

“President Geingob appears of the view that when allegations of corruption are levelled against his Cabinet ministers the only best action he can take that will bring satisfaction to the people of this country is to impose resignations on ministers, which in our view is not enough,” said Swartbooi.

He stated that for LPM, a minister who resigns on account of alleged corruption is still subject to a full investigation by all agencies of the law and clear their names if nothing wrong was found or get them prosecuted if they are found to have committed a crime.

Source: Namibia press Agency