Opposition hail Pohamba

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s last state of the nation address evoked a sense of euphoria within opposition benches, with many praising him for a well-structured address.

Taking note of the fact that Pohamba, who is currently serving his second and last term, was addressing the house for the last time, many in the opposition used the opportunity to bid him farewell.

Many wished the president well, noting that he has set a legacy that will be hard to erase during his tenure at the helm of government.

Congress of Democrats leader (CoD), Ben Ulenga, who was the first to take the floor during the opposition question time session, said Pohamba had set a remarkable tone with his address.

Ulenga said it had been refreshing listening to the head of state reflecting on government programmes over the period following the last address.

Perhaps the most solemn praise for Pohamba’s rule came from United Democratic Front (UDF) President Justus Garoeb, who rose to state that it will be hard to replace Pohamba as “…there are only a few like him…”.

Usutuaije Maamberua, president of the South-West Africa National Union (Swanu) thanked Pohamba for opening the doors for consultations with opposition political parties.

“You have clearly done your best, it is evident. During the past nine years, you have done your best to make sure that programmes of government are implemented without fail. We salute you for that,” he said.

Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) veteran parliamentarian, Katuutire Kaura equally had only words of praise for the president, whom he described as having done the country proud.

Kaura quipped that the Gobabis-Otjinene-Grootfontein road, which is being upgraded in whole to bitumen standard, be named after Pohamba in recognition of his contribution to the realisation of that project.

The president’s state of the nation address was received with a standing ovation, as the house acknowledges the recurring theme of harnessing unity, which resonated throughout his speech.

Namibians go to the polls in November to elect a president, national assembly and local and regional councillors.

(edited)WINDHOEK; President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s last State of the Nation address evoked a sense of euphoria within opposition benches, with many praising him for a well-structured address.

Taking note of the fact that Pohamba, who is currently serving his second and last term, was addressing the House for the last time, many in the opposition used the opportunity to bid him farewell.

Many wished the President well, noting that he set a legacy during his tenure at the helm of Government that will be hard to erase.

Congress of Democrats (CoD) leader Ben Ulenga, who was the first to take the floor during the opposition question time session, said Pohamba had set a remarkable tone with his address.

Ulenga said it had been refreshing listening to the Head of State reflecting on Government programmes over the period following the last address.

Perhaps the most solemn praise for Pohamba’s rule came from United Democratic Front (UDF) president Justus Garoeb, who rose to state that it will be hard to replace Pohamba as “there are only a few like him”.

Usutuaije Maamberua, president of Swanu of Namibia, thanked Pohamba for opening the doors for consultations with opposition political parties.

“You have clearly done your best, it is evident. During the past nine years, you have done your best to make sure that programmes of Government are implemented without fail. We salute you for that,” he said.

DTA of Namibia veteran parliamentarian, Katuutire Kaura equally had only words of praise for the President, whom he described as having done the country proud.

Kaura quipped that the Gobabis-Otjinene-Grootfontein road, which is being upgraded in whole to bitumen standard, be named after Pohamba in recognition of his contribution to the realisation of that project.

The President’s State of the Nation address was received with a standing ovation, as the House acknowledged the recurring theme of harnessing unity, which resonated throughout Pohamba’s speech.

Namibians go to the polls in November to elect a President, National Assembly and local and regional councillors.

SOURCE: NAMPA