Namibian president orders regional governor to apologize for tribal remarks
Namibia's president Hage Geingob Friday ordered Omusati regional governor Erkki Endjala to issue another apology for tribal remarks he made in a recorded telephone conversation.
Endjala was recorded a few weeks ago by a woman known as Taimi Tekla Imbili during a private conversation saying that the people who belong to the Kwanyama tribe were stupid.
The Kwanyama is a sub-tribe of the Owambo people who are dominant in the north of the country.
Endjala also said that one of Swapo's prominent liberation war heroes Peter Nanyemba, who was a Kwanyama, was troublesome.
The recording also captures Endjala alleging that the Kwanyama killed John Pandeni, who was local government minister in 2008.
Although Endjala apologized for the remarks when the audio clip was leaked Wednesday, Geingob said the apology was not enough.
In a letter to Endjala Friday, Geingob ordered the governor to issue an "unreserved, unequivocal and unconditional" apology.
Geingob told Endjala that his apology fell short of showing that he regretted his remarks.
"As my representative in the region, I expect you to uphold the highest standards of leadership and constitutional principles, especially with regards to fostering peace and harmonious relations in the region.
"Your unfortunate tribal utterances, therefore, are counterproductive and diminishing our concerted effort to build an inclusive Namibian House, where all tribes and races live in unity and harmony," Geingob said.