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Tuesday 18 June 2019
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Januarie demands audience with Geingob

Almost two months after President Hage Geingob’s refusal to meet with the leadership of the Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU), the union says it is still seeking for an audience with the Head of State.
Speaking to The Patriot this week, the outspoken NTTU president Werner Januarie said the union wants Geingob to address taxi drivers concerning taxi industry issues such as high traffic fines and the Transport Act.
He stated that the union wants traffic fines to be written off and a new transport policy to be implemented, and that all taxi drivers jailed for traffic offences be pardoned and released.
His plea followed a letter to Geingob dated 08 April where Januarie expressed his disappointment ‘in you as a person, the character and calibre of a person you are’.
Januarie said that since the introduction of Harambee Prosperity Plan, Geingob’s office has been unashamedly using police to threaten, harass and violate the constitutional rights of the Namibian people.
“I wish to make it categorically (clear) that come 18 June 2019 we as a union and our members will embark on a peaceful demonstration and we expect you, as previously requested, to come and address taxi drivers at Eveline court at the specified time. Failure of which will force us to march to the State House,” he said.
He also added that NTTU does not need to get permission from Nampol’s Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga to conduct a demonstration.
He stated that he had written a letter to Ndeitunga to inform him that taxi drivers are going to demonstrate on 18 June.
“We don’t need permission from him; so that on 18 June there will be no misunderstanding between us and Ndeitunga, because the public also needs to be informed that what Ndeitunga did is illegal and is in conflict with the constitution. (sic)
We hear they killed our people in Lubango and maybe they still have that desire to kill some more through their apartheid laws which they so like and adore. They should remember that this is a democratic country governed by the rule of law and justice for all. We have our rights to assemble freely as provided for by the constitution. This is not Lubango where they are going to kill people left right and centre. We will ensure that they are not going to kill some more people as they did to our sisters, uncles and brothers in Lubango,” he said.
Last month Januarie requested Geingob to come and address taxi drivers but the Office of the President informed the taxi union that due to other engagements, the President would not be able to meet with them. The meeting was cancelled because of statements Januarie had to the media.
In a letter written by Executive Director in the President’s Private Office Moses Pakote, which served to inform Januarie why the meeting had been cancelled, the President attributed the cancellation to “an unfortunate manoeuvre for media grandstanding purposes”.
Januarie was quoted in the media as saying that “I, on behalf of taxi drivers, make a clarion call to the President to come address his people, thereby to restore hope in his people. Taxi drivers as well as many citizens of our country have lost hope, faith, confidence and trust in government and him.”
Pakote said the reasons for the cancellation of the meeting were clear, however Januarie claimed that the statements were not from him but the public.
“That’s why we requested him to address the taxi drivers and restore faith. Our desire was not met with him personally, but for him to address the membership on the ground. If he wants to act like a cry babe, let him,” said Januarie.




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