Geingob on a charm offensive

24 April 2015
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President Hage Geingob has been on a charm offensive since he took over power just over a month ago.

So far the president has held the country spell bound not only by some of his appointments in cabinet but also by his policy pronunciations.

From reconciling with his so-called enemies, to the increased elderly pension grants, and his asset declaration promise even though the law does not require him to, the president is a man on a mission to please.

For years Geingob has been touted as an administrator of note, and if the few weeks that he has been in power are anything to go by, it will not be business as usual in the civil service, and the Namibian Government will never be the same.

The president has so far banned unnecessary foreign travel by his ministers, has appointed more women in his cabinet and has threatened to invoke the Expropriation Act to speed up land reform where necessary.

He has told us that no Namibian in the Namibian house should be left out while declaring all-out war on poverty.

So far the president has proved his detractors and all those that doubted his leadership abilities wrong.

If the first few weeks of Geingob’s presidency are anything to go by, then we are in for an interesting ride. The president is making all the right noise and one cannot help, but wonder what other surprises he has in store for the nation.

However, we know that the president’s success will be judged not by his pronouncements or populist announcements as some of his detractors are saying, but by his actions.

The president is setting the bar high, and he knows that he will be held to account based on the standards that he is setting. This can only be a good thing for the country.

If the president was writing a test, we will surely give him a distinction for his one month in office.

However, going forward people will be happy to see the unemployment rate going down, they would like to see the income gap between the rich and the poor narrowed, they want to see ministers or other high ranking public officials being relieved of their duties for corruption, they want to see an improved and efficient civil service, they want to have easy access to urban land.

All these and more are some of the things that the president will be judged on because he has made us believe in an efficient government in which no corruption is tolerated.

Our president is a many of scripture these days and he has made it a point to quote the bible in his public speeches.

We also do the same here. Revelation 21:4 says “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

In the spirit of this verse, we say let there be no more pain or crying for every Namibian who leaves in the Namibian house under the leadership of Geingob.

We wish you well Mr President as you take us to the Promised Land.

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