‘Geingob was a people’s president’
Analysts have described president Hage Geingob’s tenure as overly passable, stating that he was pushing for Swapo to enter the forthcoming election as a united entrance.
Talking on Desert Radio’s ‘The Dialog’ final week, public coverage analyst Graham Hopwood mentioned though tensions stay following the 2022 congress, they are going to be addressed on the upcoming Swapo congress, as a result of happen within the subsequent three months.
“It’s a democratic means of electing the brand new occasion management. From the 2022 congress, Geingob by no means mentioned his opinion of the Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah marketing campaign, nevertheless he accepted the outcomes.”
Geingob was enthusiastic about Swapo unity going into the elections and they might have backed Nandi-Ndaitwah as a selected candidate, he added.
Hopwood described Geingob as a real democrat since he chaired the constituent meeting.
“He was in a position to deliver warring factions within the nation collectively inside a brief interval and get them to agree and draft a progressive Structure. That was an indication of his political means … and we proceed to see that.
“We now have identified him since 1989. He had a coronary heart of politics … a coronary heart of democracy and political improvement for a rustic, that’s the reason civil societies will at all times be grateful to him for his function.
“His perception in democracy and human rights was proven proper till the tip. Regardless that he was usually criticised by the media, he nonetheless basically believed in media freedom. You can not say that many leaders around the globe, definitely not many leaders in Africa, demonstrated their help for the liberty of the media.”
He mentioned the reactions to his loss of life from political leaders, together with these from opposition events, present Geingob was a individuals’s president.
“One in all his strongest expertise was mediation. He listened to different individuals’s views and was in a position to deliver opposing sides collectively. That was evident. In parliament, when he was prime minister, when it bought tense typically, he was a supply of humour, a really jovial man.”
‘A LISTENING MAN’
Hopwood described Geingob as a frontrunner who listened even to those that criticised him.
He mentioned Geingob tried to construct a collective staff when it comes to his Cupboard by appointing gifted and ready individuals.
“In the course of the state of nation tackle, he acquired questions from the opposition and it was fascinating to see how he reacted to numerous points. Usually, he was an open particular person, if there’s something he [didn’t] like, he dismissed it shortly.”
Talking on the identical platform, analyst Marius Kudumo mentioned Geingob strove for consensus on coverage implementation.
“In the event you take a look at the drafting of the Namibian Structure, underneath his chairmanship, the Nationwide Union of Namibian Employees questioned why the Structure was being drafted in secret… whether or not it was addressing what they stand for.
“You’ll be able to clearly see that this kind of political atmosphere requires some closeness in creating the Structure, to succeed in consensus.
“In 1991, it was the land convention and folks participated and suggestions got here out,” Kudumo mentioned, including that it was unlucky that the federal government didn’t observe via on the suggestions.
Kudumo mentioned Geingob tried to succeed in a consensus on emotional and delicate subjects within the Structure and the land convention.
HE MADE AN IMPACT
Kudumo mentioned Geingob made an impression internationally, referencing his illustration on the United Nations.
“What makes you ship at a global degree is the readability of the problems you might be addressing and your understanding of them.”
“He had illustration expertise and understanding of what to say and the best way to say issues. In the event you take a look at the tributes coming in, he positioned the nation on the worldwide stage.
“His articulation of human dignity, freedoms and human rights, he did it properly. He tried to deal with financial diplomacy throughout his tenure,” Kudumo added.
Economist Salomo Hei mentioned Namibia garnered funding curiosity underneath Geingob’s reign, citing Namibia’s discovery of oil and fuel and likewise as a result of rule of legislation and democracy.
Hei mentioned Namibia’s funding and financial insurance policies give higher certainty to buyers, including that Namibia is open to enterprise as a result of Geingob’s administration.
He described Geingob as a champion of democracy, who instilled investor confidence within the Namibian economic system.
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