Geingob retains top 3 in his government

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Tiri Masawi

Windhoek - Namibian President Hage Geingob, readying for his inauguration for a second and last term of office, has kept his top four government structure unchanged. 

The Namibian President also reaffirmed commitment to delivery and fighting against corruption, telling journalist that he has had to move other ministers into different portfolios in the new administration as a way of abiding by the accountability framework as well as allowing them an opportunity to clear their names where they were implicated in corruption cases.

The Namibian President retained Vice President Nangolo Mbumba, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila as well as Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi- Ndaitwah in what he largely described as a continuity ploy.

“I have been working with his team and I do not see the need for change now,” he said. The Namibian President said this in apparent reference to what he called an imagination that there is a conflict between the old and young in Namibia.

Geingob said his party was working on modalities to groom young leaders from the Swapo Youth League to be able to take over the reigns of the country in the future.

The Namibian President, who is set to be inaugurated in a closed door ceremony because of the Ccorona virus (Covid-19) outbreak, has already confirmed trimming his executive to only 19 ministers and a serious reduction in deputy ministers as part of a raft of cost-cutting measures meant to improve both efficiency and promoting a culture of doing more with less in a challenging economic climate.

Geingob also concurred that the country was more concerned with finding solutions to the current economic challenge which was set to be worsened by Covid-19.

He said he will announce his full cabinet list after 21 March when he is fully inaugurated. He will also announce a full complement of his ambassadors to serve Namibia in the international community after his swearing-in ceremony.

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