Information and Communication Technology Minister, Stanley Simataa, has chastised media organisations for reporting on the number of trips President Hage Geingob undertook last year, saying Namibia is a member of the global community.
According to media reports, Geingob travelled to 16 countries and spent 64 days abroad during 2018, despite banning public officials from undertaking international trips as part of his administration’s cost- cutting measures.
Briefing the media on Cabinet resolutions on Thursday, Simataa said the media does not seem to appreciate that as member of the global community, Namibia does not exist in isolation.
“Namibia cannot afford not to participate in certain activities that shape developments locally. When you report on the president traveling you forget to say what he was engaged in and what has come out,” he stressed.
Simataa added that the nation at large should recognise that ministers and the president do not travel for pleasure, but for engagements that will benefit the country.
He said people should appreciate that some of the fruits from the international engagements take time to be realised.
Simataa further said Namibia can only assess its role among the nations of this world through participating in international engagements, adding that such platforms are where Namibia derives its respect, through making contributions.
He noted that media practitioners should realise that as the Fourth Estate they play a very important role, which requires them to report accurately and objectively without prejudice.
“The accountability challenge that the president has announced this year is not only for those in government. Media practitioners: public and private sectors -[also] need to account,” he noted. - NAMPA