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BRIEFING STATEMENT BY

HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT DR. HAGE G. GEINGOB

ON COVID-19 NATIONAL RESPONSE MEASURES

WINDHOEK, March 24, 2020

Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen,

COVID-19 is a global health pandemic. It has reached Namibia and is within our midst. The number of confirmed cases in Namibia are rising and as at today, stand at six (6).

As emphasized in my statement the Health of Namibians is the first priority. It is why on March 17, 2020 Government declared a State of Emergency and responded with urgent and aggressive measures to contain the spread of the novel Corona Virus into our communities.

Today Cabinet met and received briefings on the status of COVID-19 in Namibia and deliberated on the next necessary measures to strengthen detection, testing, quarantine, isolation and contact tracing, to mitigate further spread of this deadly Virus.

COVID-19 is not only a threat to the lives of the Namibian People and the public health system, it also bears negative economic impacts threatening the survival of businesses and consequently jobs and livelihoods. Our key priority is therefore to curb the spread of disease.

The Government fully understands that these are extraordinary measures. They are adopted with the sole purpose of protecting the health, security and safety of the Namibian people. During this difficult period, I call on all Namibians to cooperate with the authorities and to remain calm, in order to ensure that public order is not compromised. Allow the authorities to work unhindered.

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Inauguration of The President of the Republic of Namibia, H.E. Dr. Hage Geingob

Windhoek, 21 March 2020

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Open the STATEMENT BY H.E. THE PRESIDENT DR. HAGE G. GEINGOB ON THE OCCASION OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF A NEW GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE, 16 March 2020

New Era: President Hage Geingob at the weekend vowed to honour his social contract with the Namibian people, with a promise to tackle youth unemployment, income disparities and inequalities, and fight against corruption, poverty and hunger.

Taking his oath of office in front of about 500 invited guests and dignitaries at State House, the president said his new administration will continue uplifting more Namibians out of poverty and inequality.

“We have to continue our journey of social cohesion through the policy of national reconciliation. We have to continue our journey of ‘representative government’ buttressed by a sound governance architecture, which upholds the principles of accountability and transparency,” Geingob said.

“We have to continue to build on our gains in the fight for social progression to uplift more Namibians out of poverty and inequality. We have to continue with determination to consolidate a robust macro-economic environment, where the fundamentals for growth and development are in place.”

Geingob said his government will deliver, considering the confidence placed in him and the ruling Swapo Party. “Through democratic elections, you have once again placed your confidence in the Swapo Party and I to deliver on our national development objectives. We have entered into a social contract with you and this is the contract we will honour,” said Geingob while addressing the audience, which included his predecessors Hifikepunye Pohamba and Sam Nujoma. Kindly click here to continue reading the New Era article...

 

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 Swearing in Ceremony 21 March 2020Swearing in HE President Dr Hage Geingob

Professor Peter H. Katjavivi re-elected as the Speaker of the National Assembly

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Namibian Broadcasting: Professor Peter Katjavivi was re-elected as the Speaker of the National Assembly. The opposition parties, for the first time, also nominated a candidate, Hon. Dudu Murorua of the United Democratic Front (UDF) for the position as Speaker.

New Era: The 96 members of the National Assembly, with voting powers, were sworn in on Friday for the next five years until 2025. Reappointed Vice president Nangolo Mbumba was also sworn in, but will now have to resign from parliament after he was installed as vice president on Saturday. President Hage Geingob will also have to appoint eight non-voting members to the National Assembly in line with the country’s constitution. The full list of the 96 members is as follows. Kindly click here, to open the list in a pdf version.

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Travel Advisory #18-03-2020
By the Embassy of Namibia to the Federal Republic of Germany

The rapid spread of the respiratory disease COVID-19 through many countries around the world, has led to severe restrictions on the movements of people to slowdown the rate of transmission of the virus through reduced social contact and exposure to the virus. These measures include increased entry controls, health checks via thermo scans and/or entry bans.

Due to the positive confirmation of two COVID-19 cases on Namibian soil, the Namibian government declared a National Emergency as well as additional measures to strengthen Namibia’s preparedness and response to the COVID-19 outbreak with immediate effect as from the 17th March 2020. These measures include:

  • The suspension of the issuance of visa on arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport and the implementation of a travel ban for foreign nationals (by air and sea) from affected countries, namely Schengen States, China, Iran, Korea, United Kingdom, United States of America and Japan. The travel ban to be reviewed regularly.
  • A temporary travel suspension for 30 days for Namibians or Permanent Residents functionaries except for special cases with prior authorization with Ministry of Health and Social Services and Home Affairs and Immigration. Exceptional cases will include, persons seeking medical treatment, essential services like humanitarian assistance, truck drivers bringing food and other essential commodities, Namibians returning among others. Compulsory screening will be conducted for verification and quarantine imposed were necessary.
  • All leisure, business and social travel like tourists is suspended, and Namibians who are residents in other countries considering to visit Namibia to postpone such visits.

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