Geingob: Changing the face of leadership

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Southern Times Writer

Windhoek – Namibia’s President Hage Geingob represents a new breed of leaders who have staked their legacy on combating graft, building strong institutions and enhancing democratic processes.

A past Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community, President Geingob is the only Head of State and Government on the continent to declare his assets upon assuming office in 2014.

Not only that, he has pledged to again make an asset declaration and is already in the process of doing so.

The purpose of this is to display transparency and to encourage the rest of the nation, and indeed the African continent, to promote accountability and probity.

President Geingob has indeed been robust in tackling corruption in Namibia and even the so-called big fish are now aware that for the leader of the nation, there are no such things as sacred cows.

In a speech last week at the ruling Swapo Party’s Introspection Meeting, President Geingob once again brought to the fore the centrality of the concept of servant leadership in his governance style and approach.

President Geingob made it clear that his second and final term in the highest office in the land will continue to be characterised by fighting graft. He warned that anyone implicated in corruption, regardless of their social, financial or political stature, will be subjected to due process.

“We must understand, that like all political parties, we must factor in the element of human emotions, misunderstandings, and differences of opinions…

“We need to serve our people, combat corruption and deliver on important aspects such as housing, and delivering prosperity,” President Geingob said.

He went on to emphasise that unity of purpose would ensure that Swapo would deliver on its promises and build a better Namibia for all Namibians.

Commenting on President Geingob’s anti-corruption drive, political analyst Dr Ndumba Kamwanya said the Namibian leader was recognisable across the continent for his affinity for transparency and accountability.

Dr Kamwanya said the nurturing of strong institutions would only serve to enhance the President’s anti-graft crusade.

“The fact that he has declared his assets before and is planning to do it again is a sign of leadership. He is showing many other leaders in Africa that it is possible to fight graft, and by doing so (declaring his assets) ahead of his administration (team) shows a lot of commitment from himself,” he said.

Dr Kamwanya added that, “Namibia has had challenges with corruption but President Geingob has shown his commitment since his first term that he is a firm believer of a free and just society where injustices are not condoned.

“He has been like that since coming into Government. Remember he was one of the architects of the country’s constitution.”

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