President Geingob says Swartbooi was not singled out

President Geingob says Swartbooi was not singled out

President Hage Geingob has broken his silence on the tribal remarks made by former deputy Land Reform Minister, Bernadus Swartbooi.
The Head of State said Swartbooi was not the only Swapo leader asked to apologise for remarks deemed to go against the principles of the party and that of Government’s nation building agenda.
Swartbooi was asked to apologise for using a public platform to attack Land Reform Minister, Utoni Nujoma and the land distribution programme.
Responding to questions by media on why Swartbooi was the only official to be given the boot, Geingob said, "when [Fisheries Minister Bernhard] Esau made such utterances, I personally called him and told him to apologise. He did so without hesitation.
“The same with Omaheke Governor and recently Omusati Governor, so it should not be understood that we only ‘dealt with one person’.
President Geingob said procedures were followed in all cases and Swartbooi was even called in for meetings with the party's top leadership during which he slammed doors and maintained that he will not apologise and he resigned.