Namibia: State House Explains Geingob’s Absence From Angola Meeting

The Namibian Windhoek Theresia Tjihenuna
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PRESIDENT Hage Geingob did not attend this week’s regional summit in Angola to discuss the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo because he is not part of the heads of state in that organ.

Yesterday, State House press secretary Albertus Aochamub admitted that when he said the President would not be attending the summit which convened yesterday, but he had failed to mention that the President will not be attending because he was not invited and is also not a member of the committee dealing with the issues at hand.

Aochamub had only informed The Namibian earlier that Geingob’s absence from the regional meeting was due to other pressing engagements at home.

« The President, however, serves on the African Union committee of 10 dealing with the issues related to the reform of the UN Security Council, » he said when clarifying the matter yesterday.

He also said the President is part of the AU committee of heads of state assigned to deal with the issues related to the recent elections in Gabon and their outcome.

« When those meetings are convened, the Namibian Head of State will be in attendance, » stated Aochamub. He added that while Namibia will continue to play an active role in the Southern African Development Community, UN and AU organs, domestic matters are equally important for the President to deal with. « And he is doing just that, » said Aochamub.

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