After appointing them as Governors a year ago, President Hage Geingob is not impressed by the performance of the 14 regional governors who he calls his ‘mouthpiece’.
A handful of the governors failed to adhere to Geingob’s clearly outlined terms of references while others have been accused of not keeping the President abreast with issues taking place in the regions.
The President also expressed his displeasure saying governors are not vocal enough when it comes to defending government.
“You[governors] are too quiet when government is being attacked,” he said.
Geingob, who was joined by his deputy Dr. Nickey Iyambo, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Deputy Prime Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and some Cabinet ministers also charred his political representatives in the regions because some of them fail to report incidences that happen in the region while others are not reachable at all times.
“Some of you talk like petitioners and you always petition me forgetting you are a mouthpiece of the President…who do you serve?” questioned an unimpressed Geingob.
Geingob gave the 14 governors 11 terms of references last year, the notable one being the delivery of an annual state of the region address, which almost half of the governors failed to deliver.
Governors from Erongo (Cleophas Mutjavikua), Hardap (Esme Isaack), !Karas (Lucia Basson), Kunene (Angelika Muharukua), Khomas (Laura Mcleod-Katjirua) and Kavango East (Dr. Samuel Mbambo) were yet to deliver their addresses. The deadline was Monday, 10 April 2016.
Oshana (June 2015), Zambezi (July 2015), Kavango West (August 2015), Oshikoto(May 2015), Ohangwena (November 2015) Omusati (August 2015) and Omaheke (November 2015) all duly complied.
Some governors claim they were not able to deliver their state of the region address as they were not aware of the procedure, while some claim that they were waiting for the President to deliver the State of the Nation Address and the tabling of the budget before doing so.
“The procedure issue was not clear to us whether the requirement was for us to deliver the state of the regions address after the president has delivered his state of the nation’s address,” said McLeod-
She said her address will focus on addressing the challenges the region is encountering, the programs and new plans for the region.
Kavango East governor Dr. Samuel Mbambo said that his regional address will only be delivered after Wednesday’s meeting with the President..
Geingob also took issue with those who are advocating for law changes which will enable the public to vote for the governors of their choice.
“Ours is a unitary state in which the President is voted for by a single constituency, the voting is not done based on constituencies. Since the President cannot be in all regions at the same time, I need people representing me so that I can know what is happening the regions,” Geingob said.