Namibia’s president holds illegal gathering, then fines all attendants
Windhoek – Namibia’s President Hage Geingob confessed to breaking coronavirus guidelines by facilitating a gathering to mark his party’s 60th anniversary and in this way fining all visitors.
The South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) birthday celebration was done in parliament when Namibia was under lockdown and group social occasions were prohibited to confine the spread of coronavirus.
“We had a very important occasion of the 60th anniversary of SWAPO, Although we were as little as ten leaders… we were found not on the right side of the regulations and law. We had to admit guilt and we were punished, we paid.” Geingob confessed
The visitors included VP Nangolo Mbumba, prime minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and SWAPO secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa. However,all have since been fined N$2,000 ($115).
Geingob has likewise experienced harsh criticism for showing up without a face mask.
The 78-year old president shielded his conduct, claiming masks were just required in the work environment or for movement, shopping, and public work out.