LOCAL government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere was Friday so embarrassed when civil servants from his department failed to sing the national anthem in front of diplomats that he remained downcast throughout the episode.
Kasukuwere, who is on leave, had to “plead” with Sydney Sekeramayi, who is the acting as Local Government Minister, to bear with what happened and asked him if he could attend to the issue.
The incident took place on Friday at Makombe Building were the Namibian and the Chinese Embassies were donating cash, groceries and blankets to the flood victims.
Among the guests were Sekeramayi, Namibian Ambassador, Ms Balbina Daes Pienaar, Chinese Ambassador, Huang Ping, and the United Nations country coordinator Bishow Parajuli.
Giving his vote of thanks, Kasukuwere said something had to be done so that civil servants from his department could learn the National Anthem.
“There are problems; land barons, you need to deal with them and there are many other problems, squatters all over the show,” Kasukuwere told Sekeramayi.
“And our staff there you saw they had challenges singing the National Anthem. I am sure you took note of that.”
Turning to the Local Government Ministry secretary Engineer George Mlilo, Kasukuwere said it was high time they also copied from other departments which start with morning prayers.
“Maybe we need to do something around the National Anthem in the morning, with just a bit of a small choir, so that we won’t have any problems like this in the near future.”