Namibia President Ready To Step Down After November Elections

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba says he will step down as Head of State at the end of his second term.

Delivering the keynote address at the 24th Independence celebrations in the capital today, Pohamba said he will hand over to the next presidential candidate to be elected during the 2014 Presidential and National Assembly elections set for November.

This is likely to be Prime Minister Hage Geingob, who is the ruling Swapo-Party’s vice president and presidential candidate.

Pohamba also stated that he has no doubt that the elections will be conducted in a free, fair and peaceful environment.

He added that it is on this basis that on 21 March 2005, there was a peaceful and orderly hand-over of power to him from founding President Dr Sam Nujoma.

The Head of State pointed out that the Namibian Government has over the past 24 years established a framework for governance and put in place public institutions of the State, in addition to maintaining peace, security and stability, which have enabled Government to deliver public goods and services to the Namibian people.