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Geingob bans overseas trips for government officials

Geingob bans overseas trips for government officials

His Excellency, President Hage Geingob has suspended foreign travels of all ministers, deputy ministers and political office bearers with immediate effect.

According to the statement released by the Presidents Office, the move which will remain in effect until the end of February, is aimed at controlling official travel expenses.

On 25 January, Geingob attended the 30th ordinary session of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with just two ministers and he did not make use of the presidential jet, both during the Summit in and on his vacation in December, the statement further said..

Since assuming office three years ago, Geingob has been leading by example in controlling travel expenses, taking critical visits only with a small delegation,” said the statement.

In 2015, during the induction of Cabinet ministers, permanent secretaries and governors, Geingob made a similar ban, stating that officials should rather focus on prioritising national issues. At the time, only the Deputy Prime Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, who is also the Minister of International Relations, was allowed to travel outside the country.

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