Saturday 17 February 2018

Namibia: President Geingob beefs up security

Namibia: President Geingob beefs up security
(APA 11/14/17)
Namibian President Hage Geingob.

Namibian President Hage Geingob has beefed up his security detail as jostling for positions intensifies ahead of a crucial ruling Swapo Party elective congress later this month.

In a statement on Monday night, the Presidency said the changes to the security detail of the President would include an increase in the motorcade.

The decision to beef up the motorcade division is the result of recommendations of a security audit, according to Geingob spokesperson Albertus Aochamub.

“Those entrusted with the security detail of the President have recently conducted a security audit and decided to implement the recommendations of that audit in full,” Aochamub said.

He said “one of the most noticeable outcomes for the Namibian public will the changes in the motorcade and related security improvements to be effected immediately.”

“These changes will be in conformity with the established legal provisions, policies, procedures and the outcomes of the aforementioned security audit,” Aochamub said.

Upon his inauguration as head of state in March 2015, Geingob opted for a smaller motorcade of three official vehicles as part of his drive to curb unnecessary spending.

Aochamub refused to divulge more details about the new development.

However, speculation is rife that the move to beef up presidential security was necessitated by the current bitter power struggle in the ruling party.

Geingob, who is Swapo acting-president, has been criss-crossing the country holding rallies to canvass for support ahead of the party’s elective congress planned for November 23-26 in Windhoek.

At the congress, Geingob will go head-to-head with Youth and Sports Minister Jerry Ekandjo and former Prime Minister Nahas Angula in a secret ballot for the party presidency.

Analysts have cautioned that Geingob needs to secure the presidency if he wants to govern the country for two-five year terms.

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