'You can't divide us'

The head of state says people are trying to sow divisions between him and Damara king Justus //Garoëb, just as they had tried to do between him and founding president Sam Nujoma.

08 June 2020 | Government

OGONE TLHAGE

WINDHOEK



President Hage Geingob this weekend dismissed suggestions that he and Damara king Justus //Garoëb have a strained relationship.

He said people were trying to come between the two of them, as had been the case with him and founding president Sam Nujoma.

Geingob was speaking at the opening of the Swapo Central Committee meeting over the weekend. He addressed the Swapo members via video conferencing.

Referring to last week's State of the Nation Address, Geingob said: “Yesterday I was drawn into issues of Gaob //Garoëb. He and I come a long way. I told him what happened should not have happened.”

According to Geingob, his relationship with //Garoëb goes back to before independence. “I said you cannot come between me and comrade Sam Nujoma, you cannot come between me and Gaob, we come a long way, so we are in touch and I explained the situation but as people try and distort the situation, as people like to distort things, we must stay composed, I am certain if we work in unison, putting our minds together,” Geingob said. During the question-and-answer session after Geingob's address in parliament, Landless People's Movement (LPM) members Henny Seibeb and Bernadus Swartbooi asked Geingob why he did not attend festivals held by the Damara Traditional Authority.



Life goes on

Swapo held its CC meeting via video conferencing to adhere to the state of emergency regulations which limit meetings of more than 50 people.

Geingob said the party had to go on with its political activities.

“We cannot be stopped by the disease,” he said. The party was fined N$2 000 for celebrating its 60th birthday in April at an event attended by more than 10 people, including former president Hifikepunye Pohamba.

The LPM and the Popular Democratic Movement opened a case against Swapo for contravening the state of emergency regulations.

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