THE dismissal of former cabinet ministers, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Jerry Ekandjo, last week, signalled that President Hage Geingob edges closer to a full redress of the current policy discordances and attendant administrative logjams. These counter-productive vices have almost paralysed Government business as some ministers have lost focus pursuant of peripheral matters that are divorced from their core duty of serving the nation.
In light of last week’s event, the President remains justified to have pulled the plug on cabinet ministers that late last year, in the run-up to the Swapo elective congress, prioritised personal differences to openly criticize government policies with which they had been trusted to pursue in their respective ministries.
Whilst this sent highly misleading and damaging signals to potential investors and other supporting stakeholders, forcing them to shun the Namibian market or sit on the fence, waiting for the dust to settle between peers in Government, it should not be allowed to happen again in the future by selecting the right people to lead ministry’s in the widely speculated soon to be announced cabinet reshuffle.
This should also be done with the view that, to the expectant electorate who see a brighter future in the consummation of the Harambee Prosperity Plan, any Cabinet dissonance presents a portentous hurdle that could derail the objectives of the people-centred economic blueprint.
As the country looks to move out of an economic recession, President Geingob must look to wielding the axe on corrupt ministers who are always being accused of abusing state resources, deeds that always cast aspersions on the country’s image and concomitantly push the country towards unchartered waters of shame.
The axe must also not evade lazy Cabinet ministers who bunk question-and-answer sessions in Parliament. These truant ministers have disrupted Parliament business and have regressed the progressive reforms of government.
The reconfiguration would be a dose of medicine required to cure the rust in the cabinet machinery and allow a rededicated cabinet to redirect its energy towards the fulfilment of the Harambee Prosperity Plan among other national blueprints. It would also be a friendly nudge on those newly drafted into Cabinet and the surviving ministers to pull in the same direction for the betterment of the country.
A reshuffle would also be a welcome move that would send a reverberating message that the President is fully in control of all Government levers. Confidente acknowledges that contrary to claims by naysayers, the President is fully behind the wheel and would do everything to keep the country on track. Needless to say that anyone new who is to be drafted into the new Cabinet would be alive to the fact that any lackadaisical approach to work would attract a penalty from our ever-vigilant President.
In any case, any new team that now will inevitably come sooner or later, should work extra hard to send the right signals to would-be investors and all other stakeholders who want to partner Government in rebuilding the economy. Ministers to the new Cabinet should also ensure that their loyalty is solely to their appointing authority for the sake of harmony in the vision shared for Namibia
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015