Pohamba Delivers Last State of the Nation Address

PRESIDENT Hifikepunye Pohamba delivered his last State of the Nation address as the Head of State and Government yesterday.

In his address delivered in the National Assembly, Pohamba whose term ends on 21 March 2015, expressed his appreciation to all lawmakers and their respective parties for the co-operation and support they rendered to him over the past 10 years.

He also called upon all people in the country to come together as one nation and embrace unity regardless of political affiliation, race, creed, colour or ethnic background to march together hand-in-hand and make Namibia ger.

“As we move forward, we should spare no effort in our resolve to make our country more competitive economically and thereby, achieve our national development goals,” he said.

He urged Namibians to bring about social justice for children, women, senior citizens, veterans of the national liberation struggle, and citizens who live in rural areas and informal settlements.

Meanwhile, Pohamba made it clear that no provocation, intolerance or violence will be tolerated either before, during or after the Presidential and National Assembly elections slated for November this year.

“Our people should be allowed to exercise their democratic right to elect leaders of their choice in peace and security,” he said.

He further commended the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) on the recent completion of the general registration of voters which took place from 15 January to 02 March 2014.

According to provisional statistics released last week by the ECN, 1 162 360 voters were registered during the general registration of voters, he noted.

He announced that supplementary registration will be conducted in September this year in order to accommodate voters who were not able to register during the general registration and those who will have turned 18 years old by then.

Pohamba reminded all Namibians that the Constitution guarantees all citizens who are 18 years or older, the right to vote and elect leaders of their choice.

“Our nation is now looking forward to the National Assembly and Presidential elections, which will take place towards the end of this year,” he said.


Source : The Namibian