President Hage Geingob has retained his current top three in the positions of vice president, prime minister and deputy prime minister, saying he did not see any need to effect change.
This means incumbent Vice President Nangolo Mbumba, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah all retained their current positions as Namibia prepares for Geingob’s second term in office.
The president made the announcement at State House on Wednesday.
“They are loyal, not to me but to the government and the party [Swapo]. I don’t see any reason why I have to change,” Geingob said.
The vice president deputises and advises the president.
“In appointing a vice president, the president does so taking into account a balanced reflection of the national character of the people of Namibia. The vice president has further delegated oversight over the social safety net cluster of gender equality, poverty eradication and social welfare, which have been elevated to the presidency to spearhead the war against poverty and inequality,” Geingob said.
In a statement issued by the presidency on the same day, Geingob is quoted as saying that in the appointments, he has been mindful of the importance of an inclusive representation of the Namibian House, including gender parity.
- Title: Geingob sticks to his top three ahead of swearing-in ceremony
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