Kandjemuni Kamuiiri

President Hage Geingob is in self-isolation amid COVID-19 fears.

According to Presidential Press Secretary, Alfredo Hengari, the President has been in isolation since his last trip to the Zambezi region about six days ago. During the trip, Geingob met traditional leaders and the Nchindo family, following the fatal shooting of three brothers and a cousin by the Botswana Defense Force (BDF) last year.

Hengari stated that this was done as a precautionary measure due to the President’s recent travels. “He has been meeting a lot of people, a weekend in Rundu, Katima so it’s a precaution measure,” he said.

Hengari revealed this to the Windhoek Observer after it had inquired when the President was planning to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Before his trip to the Zambezi region, Geingob traveled to the Republic of Congo to attend the inauguration ceremony of President Denis Sassou Nguesso. This was Geingob’s first international trip in 13 months.

It however remains unclear whether First Lady Monica Geingos has gone into self-isolation alongside her husband as she accompanied the President on his recent trips.

Geingos, however, attended the BioHAB Lab Site visit in Brakwater on Thursday 29 April. Hengari said Geingob will announce when he is ready to to be vaccinated. “He will let it be known to the public once the decision has been made. The President said he will get the jab. He said that already,” Hengari said.

While the Sinopharm vaccine, which was donated by the Chinese government last month may only be taken by those between the ages of 18 and 59, AstraZeneca which was procured through the COVAX Facility does not have such a age limitation, and ministers who previously could not get inoculated have since.