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I don't know how much I earn, Namibian leader Geingob claims

15 December 2015, 08:54Cindy Pierce

Windhoek - Namibian President Hage Geingob has claimed that he is clueless as to how much he earns every month, The Namibian reports.

Geingob made the startling remark at his last press briefing for the year, held at the State House.

This came amid accusations that the statesman was being overpaid. The rumours had largely been fueled by claims that the president's six advisers earned more than his ministers.

In a tongue-in-cheek response to the question of his earnings, Geingob fired back, sarcastically thanking the media for coming up with the figure of N$2 million and saying that he would now sue government for the same amount.

The president's feigned ignorance was evermore perplexing, considering that in October he pledged 20% of his income to the fight against poverty, New Era has reported.

Geingob evaded questions surrounding the earning of his so-called "A Team", directing press to rather investigate the salaries earned by his advisers, some of whom were rumoured to be more than the earnings of the president himself.

The public reacted sceptically to the president's comments, questioning his transparency and the truth in his statements.

"I don't even know my salary". My president @hagegeingob are you sure?!! Questionable transparency. ???? #SONA

- News24


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