PRESIDENT Hage Geingob’s recent conclusion of an official state visit to China in which Sino-Namibia relations were enhanced comes at the backdrop of stellar three years of governance that should never go unnoticed.
While the cornerstones of President Geingob’s transformational policy agenda, the Harambee prosperity Plan, were greeted with mixed reactions in his inaugural year of service, the narrative of the Namibian House has been entrenched and permeated the national discourse with Namibians seemingly rallying behind the vision to ‘hold hands and pull in the same direction’.
It is worth noting that the journey which started in 2015 with extensive consultation and planning, dedicated the previous two years implementing planned programmes, while prioritizing critical programmes in order to make inroads where it matters most.
As we recount the steps, Namibia’s fiscal situation seems to have stabilised and although there are uncertainties, the future is promising.
Through President Geingob’s administration, the nation has continued to make inroads against the scourge of poverty as reflected in improved social indicators and in the recent national budget in which government continue to channel the bulk of available resources into the social sectors of education, health and housing.
With government over the past three years having shown commitment to promote effective governance and to execute its mandate, on the principles of accountability and transparency, Geingob has affirmed that the proverbial ‘bull’ that is corruption is being taken by the ‘horns’.
This is clearly shown in his hand to cancel the N$7 billion Hosea Kutako International Airport upgrading tender, despite the urgent need to upgrade the airport, the lodging of investigation into the National Oil Storage Facility and action taken against implicated officials, on-going investigations into tax evasion and money laundering, liquidation of the SME Bank and investigation into alleged mismanagement and dubious awarding of tenders, such as at the Ministry of Health and Social Services, KORA Awards, Namibia Airports Company and suspension of those under investigation.
In times when critics expected a recitation of promises that feed in to the nation’s current wave of cynicism, Geingob has used every platform that he has had to address the nation, as an opportunity to be upfront about the challenges that confront Namibia and to articulate the need for various radical reforms such as the wealth tax, while demystifying the myths that remain entrenched in the minds of those that have criticised the Harambee Prosperity Plan.
As such, the story of Geingob’s reigns tells a story of continuity. Perhaps the most important chapter has the elaboration of radical economic transformation where he has always knitted a set of deliverables around the agenda with the pivotal one being legislation to prise open the economy in various internal and external sectors.
Another one would be Geingob’s stance on the narrative that Namibia is ready to work with all the Nations of the world, in the pursuit of lofty ideals of a better world, a world free of poverty, a world where we all live together in peace and a world characterised by equity, equality and harmonious coexistence.
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