Prime Minister and President-Elect, Dr. Hage Geingob announced this morning that once he takes on executive state authority, he will form a Presidential Council which will be comprised of the current President and the two former Presidents.
Geingob further that the two former Presidents have laid down valuable experience over the years, adding that in Namibian politics, the legacy continues.
“Comrade Sam Nujoma and Comrade Hifikepunye Pohamba have 15 and 10 years of governance experience respectively and will be engaged in advisory roles on Council. The Presidential Council will formally be created after inauguration,” said Geingob.
The Council will co-opt former Prime Ministers, Deputy Prime Ministers and other key personalities that have formed the pillar of Namibian politics. “This process will be important for camaraderie, consultation and continuity of Government policy,” said Geingob.
Geingob also announced that since the Constitution was amended which has led to the increase of the number of people, the President can nominate to the National Assembly from six to eight more candidates.
“You all know their names. Therefore I shall also make known the names of the eight people I shall nominate. Furthermore, some of these people will have to prepare themselves and those who are working somewhere will have to be given ample time to give their notices of resignation,” he said.-
According to Geingob, this is part of the practice of effective governance and is also good for transparency, adding that it will also put an end to constant speculation which is the result of a vacuum of information.
The eight additional members in NA
1. Pendukeni Iivula-Ithan
2. Jerry Ekandjo
3. Albert Kawana
4. Katrina Hanse-Himarwa
5. Bishop Dr. Zephania Kameeta
6. Dr. Bernard Shidute Haufiku
7. Obed Kandjoze
8. Heather Mwiza Sibungo
Geingob said these are all stalwarts of the Swapo party and in every democratic process there are winners and losers.
“Therefore, there are always casualties. However people who process knowledge and expertise, which have accumulated over the years, are of great value to Government,” said Geingob.
He added that the last four candidates were chosen on the basis of expertise and gender, “Of course you will have to guess their portfolios, as those will only be made known once the full picture of the next Cabinet is complete,” he added.