President Geingob fires Dr Haufiku as health advisor

President Geingob fires Dr Haufiku as health advisor

President Hage Geingob has terminated the appointment of Dr Bernard Haufiku as special advisor on health and social services matters in the Office of the Vice President.
On 20 December 2018, the President terminated the appointment of Dr Haufiku as Minister of Health and Social Services, reassigning him to the current role.
The Presidency said Dr Haufiku agreed to join Cabinet with the accompanying request to work with a senior team of his choice. However, Dr Haufiku could, according to the Presidency, not work effectively within the team, and was in conflict with his Deputy Minister and Executive Director.
The Presidency said, several meetings with the top executive leadership of the country notwithstanding, Dr Haufiku did not demonstrate the ethos of collective responsibility.
It is alleged that Dr Haufiku continued to speak out of turn with the press, in contravention of responsibilities as a member of the Executive and the Cabinet collective.
The Presidency also said that Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula recommended to the President the withdrawal of Dr Haufiku from the Ministry of Health and Social Services because of incidents of causing “discord among team members” and “disclosure of information” discussed during strategic meetings with the “media without prior clearance”.
Moreover, the conduct of Dr Haufiku was viewed as “a distraction from the core responsibility of managing the COVID-19 pandemic successfully”. In that vein, the Head of State applied his mind and terminated the appointment on 30 July.
The President commended Dr Haufiku for his contributions during his tenure as Special Advisor.