Presidency in no rush to replace Steytler

15 March 2019 | Government

It does not appear as if the Office of the President is in any rush to replace President Hage Geingob's former economic advisor John Steytler.

Steytler's shock resignation was announced by the presidency this week in a short statement.

The economist had worked on Geingob's ambitious Harambee Prosperity Plan.

Speaking to Namibian Sun, presidential spokesperson Alfredo Hengari said Geingob was still applying his mind with regard to appointing a replacement for Steytler.

“President Hage Geingob will make a determination, and if and when the appointment is made, it will be communicated to the Namibian public,” Hengari said.

He added that should a replacement be appointed, it would be a transparent process.

“The presidency is wholly transparent in its processes,” he said.

Steytler was part of an apex advisory body known as the A-Team that was appointed by Geingob in 2015.

He is the founding statistician-general of the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) and also served as chief economist at Capricorn Group Holdings, the parent company of Bank Windhoek, and the Bank of Namibia (BoN).

Steytler also served at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as an economist.

Speaking on his resignation to local daily New Era, Steytler said he had left State House for personal reasons, linked to the death of his sister last year.

“My biggest takeaways from him (Geingob) are around the concepts of transparency, accountability, the proverbial Namibian House and New Africa… These are tenets which I would carry with me in my next endeavours,” he told New Era.

There have been suggestions that Steytler and Geingob had a fallout, but Steytler dismissed this, saying: “My trust and belief in him have not diminished and I'll be available to his service again if needed in the future.”

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