FROM time memorial, Africa has been hailed as a continent of greatness and has been the home and origin of several great leaders. Whilst Namibia has been privy of having a Mo Ibrahim prize winner in former president Hifikepunye Pohamba, his successor Dr Hage Geingob has been instrumental and deserves some credit for the work he has undertaken, some of which is first for Namibia and Africa at large.
Lest we not forget that when Geingob assumed presidency, one of his prime fundamental ideologies after the explicit war on poverty was to have a transparent reign and administration, having nothing to hide and investing in wide consultation if need be.
This same principle was coined on the premise that democratically elected governments are accountable to voters and their processes are open to public scrutiny and at same time privatisation shuts the public out of decision-making that deeply affects the public interest.
In his latest phenomenal exploits, he has been one of the only leaders across the globe who has made himself publicly accountable to the masses in the process sharing costs of his recent travel to the US and revealing that in this light he turned down an offer to stay at a pricey Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York where they had always stayed before, because this time, they hiked prices to about US$10 000 (N$144 000) a day.
Imperatively such as the time he has intervened in controversial tenders such as the N$7 billion airport tender and the recent Citizenship bill, a thoughtful and citizen considerate Geingob has again in as many months reprimanded his ministers by warning them to be careful of what they say particularly with regard to press freedom in which he said that Namibia struggled for press freedom, free movement and free speech hence Government would be heartless to say that they are going to control the press.
His deliberate speech on NEEEF and its constructs is clear indication of a leader who wants to lead with the people at heart and his awareness to concerns of role players remain an unchartered gift to the people of Namibia. Essentially so, his classical approach to decision making in which consultation forms the basis of critical Government decisions is something that the nation has not seen in a very long time, an example of modern and critical leadership aimed at empowering the masses whilst preserving the core ethics of modern governance.
We must also realise that, as the nation increases attention on the importance of Government transparency for accountability and good governance more generally, the demand for greater conceptual clarity and authoritative measures of government transparency increases.
Transparency advocates maintain that greater access to Government information is the sine qua non of greater accountability and better quality of government in the long term and with this in mind this may be the right time that Namibians began to appreciate the good strides that Geingob has made towards challenging the traditional ways of African leadership and his strength in holding himself accountable to the very people that thrust him in the highest political office of the land of the brave.
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