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Media Briefing on #COVID -19
Dr. Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia


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March 14 at 4:39 AM ·

My Statement following Confirmation of Two Cases of COVID-19 on Namibian Soil
14 March 2020
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,
Thank you for coming to State House,
The World Health Organization has declared COVID19 a global pandemic. Therefore, Namibia has to take steps to deal with this pandemic. The Minister of Health announced this morning that there are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Namibian soil.
The health of Namibians is the first priority. Appropriate precautionary measures must be taken. To protect Namibians from being affected by this virus:
1. The Independence Celebrations that were scheduled for Independence Stadium are called off. However, the swearing-in-ceremony will take place at State House.

2. The financial outlay for Independence Celebrations will be diverted to the fight against the Coronavirus.

3. The Namibian Government is suspending inbound and outbound travel to and from Qatar, Ethiopia and Germany with immediate effect for a period of 30 days.

4. All big gatherings are suspended for a period of 30 days.

5. Lockdown of Windhoek Gymnasium with immediate effect for a period of two weeks.

6. Suspension of all travels by Namibian government officials, including State-Owned Enterprises.

The Interministerial-Task Force whose members have joined me here will communicate additional Measures.

I thank you.


unofficial translation:



14. März 2020

Guten Tag, meine Damen und Herren,

Vielen Dank für Ihren Besuch im State House,
Die Weltgesundheitsorganisation hat COVID-19 zu einer globalen Pandemie erklärt. Daher muss Namibia Schritte unternehmen, um diese Pandemie zu bewältigen. Der Gesundheitsminister gab heute Morgen bekannt, dass es zwei bestätigte Fälle von COVID-19 auf namibischem Boden gibt.

Die Gesundheit der Namibier hat oberste Priorität. Es müssen geeignete Vorsichtsmaßnahmen getroffen werden, um Namibier vor der Erkrankung an diesem Virus zu schützen. Die folgenden Maßnahmen werden umgesetzt:

1. Die Unabhängigkeitsfeierlichkeiten, die für das Unabhängigkeitsstadion geplant waren, sind abgesagt. Die Vereidigung (der neuen Regierung) wird jedoch im State House stattfinden.

2. Die finanziellen Aufwendungen für die Unabhängigkeitsfeierlichkeiten werden für den Kampf gegen das Coronavirus verwendet.

3. Die namibische Regierung setzt die Ein- und Ausreise nach und aus Katar, Äthiopien und Deutschland mit sofortiger Wirkung für einen Zeitraum von 30 Tagen aus.

4. Alle großen Versammlungen werden für einen Zeitraum von 30 Tagen ausgesetzt.

5. Mit sofortiger Wirkung wird für zwei Wochen das Gymnasium in Windhoek geschlossen.

6. Alle Reisen namibischer Regierungsbeamter, einschließlich staatlicher Unternehmen, werden ausgesetzt.

Die Interministerial Task Force, deren Mitglieder sich mir hier angeschlossen haben, wird zusätzliche Maßnahmen mitteilen.


Dr. Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia

New Year Message

New Year Message 31 December 2019

Fellow Namibians,

Good evening, Tonight, as you gather with family and friends in anticipation, and with expectant hearts the dawn of the Year 2020, I wish each one of you a happy, healthy and fulfilling New Year.

As we enter the Year 2020, we pause to undertake personal and collective introspection. We pause to take stock of the successes we have scored, the opportunities we have missed, the lessons we have learned and the improvements we need to make.

You will agree with me that 2019 was a challenging year for our country. In the middle of a depressed economy in which commodity prices have remained low, Mother Nature was not kind to us. We experienced one of the worst droughts in our recorded history, with adverse consequences on crop and livestock production. We were forced to declare a state of Drought Emergency, increasing pressure on our national budget. We pray to the Almighty that in the coming days and months, we will receive much needed rain, to revitalize our lands and bring much needed nourishment to our people and animals.

Despite the difficulties of 2019, as a resilient nation we have much to be proud of and have reasons to look forward to a better 2020.

Fellow Namibians,

Just over a month ago, Namibians participated in the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly Elections. As I stated during the rallies, this is not a war between enemies – but a contest between brothers and sisters. Without doubt, our 7th democratic elections were one of the most fiercely contested since our Independence in 1990. The spirited contestation by respective candidates and parties notwithstanding, the elections were conducted in a climate and spirit of peace. In democratic contestation, there are winners and losers.

I thank the people of Namibia, who are the true victors, for having ensured, through their maturity and orderly conduct, that Namibian democracy continues to mature. (...)

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