By Hileni Nembwaya
JOURNALISTS from various independent media houses were chased out of an event in Ondangwa, by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, who was responding to drought-related matters at the time.
The incident happened during Kuugongelwa-Amadhila’s courtesy visit to Roama Gates Manufacturing last Friday.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila told journalists, who were already at the venue, to vacate the premises.
She said that “sensitive and serious issues” were to be discussed, and only the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) was allowed to be in attendance.
“I would like to respond to a series of matters raised here, especially the redistribution of drought relief food, with the NBC. Can everyone leave the venue please, I want to have a recording with NBC only,” said Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, as she prepared to answer to questions raised by businessman, Robby Amadhila.
In his contribution, before the media was asked to leave, Amadhila had criticised the drought relief programme, saying that the government should stop handing out free food to the poor, as it enabled laziness and was counterproductive.
“Our people must learn that productivity is the only way we can say thank you to the blood that waters our freedom. We must go out, and whoever is not hardworking, must be declared an enemy of Namibia,” he said.
Journalists were disappointed by Kuugongelwa-Amadhila’s actions, after they were told to disperse by her security personnel.
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