Pohamba bids farewell AU

WINDHOEK: Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Saturday bid farewell to the African Union at the 24th summit of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The 24th Summit took place under the theme “Women’s Empowerment Year and Africa’s Development for the Concretisation of Agenda 2063”.

President Pohamba is expected to make way for incoming President- elect Hage Geingob who won the Namibia 2014 Presidential elections and who is expected to be sworn in on 21st March 2015.

In a press statement availed to Nampa, Pohamba said that he bids farewell to the AU Assembly with fond memories of friendship and solidarity.

He said that he is firmly convinced that AU programmes aimed at accelerating the socio-economic development of the African continent will bear the desired results.

He noted that in order for Africa to achieve its development goals, African leaders should be united.

“In order to achieve our continent’s development goals and objectives, African leaders must act boldly and in unity, to further consolidate peace and security, defeat terrorism, eradicate poverty, expand infrastructure development, improve food security and modernise our education and health systems,” Pohamba said.

Pohamba said all African countries must mobilise domestic resources, in order to reduce dependency on external financing for the AU programmes.

The head of state added that many Africans are stuck in poverty while the continent is blessed with resources, which forces Africans to migrate to other continents for better opportunities.

“Although Africa is endowed with abundant resources, too many Africans live in dire poverty, forcing them to risk their lives by crossing oceans in the hope of better opportunities on other continents,” he said.

Pohamba said that all acts of terrorism must be condemned and concerted effort should be made to deal with them, adding that armed conflicts and terrorist attacks constitute grave threats to the stability and socio-economic development on the African continent.

The 37-member presidential delegation that joined the President to the summit is expected back in Namibia on Sunday 01 February.