Swartbooi resigns, no apology for Nujoma

After much media hype surrounding Bernabus Swartbooi, (former) Deputy Minister of Land Reform, and his alleged request to resign by President Hage Geingob, an official media release was sent out by the President’s office yesterday confirming Swartbooi’s verbal resignation.

This comes as a surprise as Swartbooi showed no sign of apologizing or resigning when he came into office on Wednesday morning, despite a meeting held at the State House on Tuesday. The purpose of the meeting was for Geingob to explain the need for an apology, which Swartbooi was requested to make publicly toward Minister of Land Reform, Uutoni Nujoma, for the comments made against Nujoma in a public setting by Swartbooirecently at Hoachanas regarding the resettlement programme.Swartbooi is criticised for the platform he made use of to express his opinions regarding Nujoma, as they could have been discussed internally.
The President explained at the meeting that despite differences of opinion that may exist between Swartbooi and Nujoma, the choice by Swartbooi to use a public platform to launch an attack on Nujoma was inappropriate. According to official reports, Swartbooi refused to apologize, but instead offered to resign from his position as the Deputy Minister of Land Reform.Swartbooi, according to reports, had no intention of resigning but rather waited for a dismissal letter from President Geingob.
In the media statement it is made clear that Swartbooi verbally resigned as Deputy Minister, and that Deputy Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Priscilla Boois, is appointed in Swartbooi’s position with immediate effect. However, Swartbooi will remain as a member of parliament.
The statement reads: “Today, 15 December 2016, President Dr. Hage G. Geingob formally accepted Honourable Bernardus Swartbooi, former Deputy Minister of Land Reform’s verbal resignation and in conformity with the powers conferred upon him by Article 32 (6) of the Namibian Constitution. The President wishes Honourable Swartbooi well in his future endeavours”

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