We don’t travel for pleasure- Simataa
Information minister Stanley Simataa has blasted media reports that have accused President Hage Geingob of using state funds to travel saying that the President and ministers do not travel for pleasure.
He made these remarks at the first media briefing on cabinet decisions taken on Tuesday last week.
“Why would we travel for pleasure let alone the President of the country? These reports are not true. We need to be accountable for all our actions and this does not go for the ministers alone it also includes you as the media as well.”
“We need to be accountable. We need to be serious about accountability declared by the President and that means the public and the private sector included,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet has taken the decision that the Presidency attends the Horasis Global Meeting in Caucasia, Portugal scheduled for 6th April as a guest of honor and proceed to the Annual Investment Meeting in Dubai on 8th April, Simataa has revealed.
“This is an important meeting for us as a country to attend. The President will be attending as Guest of Honour, imagine Namibia being given such an opportunity, it is a great platform for us as a country to take part in such meetings. We need to be accountable in this regard as well.”
“This decision is a very important one that was taken at the very first decision making Cabinet meeting,” he said.
The minister of health will also be traveling to the annual investment meeting in preparation for the summit in Namibia that will facilitate the country becoming a hub for Africa to host regional headquarters for global companies.
Furthermore, Simataa said that the local media should refrain from publishing articles without getting definite, precise, reliable comments from the ministers.
“On behalf of my colleagues please do call them I am sure every minister will be willing to comment on matters of national interest because it is part of access to information to the general public out there thought the media.”
“Just last week I had to beg a media colleague to give me time to get back to their queries. I was attending to a funeral of a friend who lost a wife but what I did was I told the journalist to give me time so I can call back. I did call back and gave them information they were looking for, so let’s be accountable and be realistic and wait for proper responses before we publish information,” he said.