EDITORIAL: President must address the nation

14 June 2021 | Opinion

The clarion calls for President Geingob to crawl from under his rock and provide leadership insofar as the deadly surge in Covid-19 infections is concerned are not misplaced.

It is often said that silence is golden, but this particular one by our president is, at best, extremely venomous. The office that Geingob holds gives him immense power and authority.

When he speaks, especially on the subject of Covid-19, the entire country goes so quiet you can hear a pin drop. That’s how much attention his tone on national issues can command.

But when you have over 1000 new infections daily and death in double digits, it defies any understanding why the head of state is nowhere in the discourse about what’s to be done.

We are cognisant and sympathetic to the fact that the president recently had Covid himself.

And we are not oblivious to the fact that for a man turning 80 in August, the virus might have slowed him down physically. If that is the case, we need transparency around that.

But if State House’s claims a fortnight ago that Geingob is back on his feet are anything to go by, then it’s time he spoke to the masses of our people and assure them of his government’s determination – if any – to defeat the virus.

Right now we are on our own. We don’t feel being led. We don’t feel the presence of the head of the Namibian House in the collapsing house.

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