Namibian President hosts illegal anniversary celebration of ruling party, fines the guests

The celebration of the ruling party’s 60th anniversary has attracted severe criticism in the wake of on-going coronavirus pandemic in Namibia.

The Namibian President, Hage Geingob, has admitted that he breached his country’s Coronavirus regulations by hosting the anniversary festivity of his political party. So as to compensate the wrong done, the Namibian President has now fined all those who attended the illegal celebration.

Namibia’s ruling party, the South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO), held a celebration on April 19 defying the norms of the lockdown that prohibits large-scale gatherings.

President Hage Geingob admitted that less than ten people attended but those included the Vice-President, the Prime Minister and party’s Secretary-General. All of the guests have been fined 2,000 Namibian dollars, the equivalent of about £110.

On June 1, President Hage Geingob said, “We had a very important occasion of the 60th anniversary of SWAPO…We were found not on the right side of the regulations and law. We had to admit guilt and we were punished, we paid.”

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