Pohamba bids farewell to traditional leaders

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Monday bade farewell to Tradition Authority leaders.

“My contract is about to expire in four months’ time and I will get out from State House straight to my village, Okanghudi,” said Pohamba.

He said his good byes whilst inaugurating the N.dollars 40 million Council of Traditional Leaders’ headquarters in Windhoek.

Pohamba said he still has three months to coach the yet-to-be elected president of the country before he leaves.

Namibians go to polls on Friday to elect the country’s President and members of the National Assembly.

He urged traditional leaders to cooperate with the yet-to-be elected president.

“Do not give problems to the new president by showering him with new applications for traditional authorities. We always talk about unity, but a lot of applications for new traditional authorities mean we are disintegrated at community level,” he said.

On his part, vice-chairperson of the Council of Traditional Authority Immanuel /Gaseb thanked Pohamba for his wise leadership.

“You are our mentor,” he said.

As a token of appreciation, /Gaseb handed over a complete set of ploughing instruments – yoke, chain and plough – to Pohamba.

Pohamba thanked the Council, and promised that he will use the implements as soon as the rain starts this year.

On his part, the president donated N.dollars 1,5 million of Government funds towards the Traditional Authority Trust Fund.

The money will be shared among all Traditional Authorities that have Community Trust Funds.