Pohamba departs for AU Summit

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba left at 10h50 this morning from Eros Airport for the 24th African Union Heads of State and Government Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Summit, slated for 30 and 31 January, will take place under the theme “Women’s Empowerment Year and Africa’s Development for the Concretisation of Agenda 2063”.

It will Pohamba’s last Summit of the Heads of State and Government, as a he will step down as Namibian president and Head of State on 21 March 2015.

Prime Minister and President-elect,Dr. Hage Geingob, is expected to take over from Pohamba.

The 37-member presidential delegation includes First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba, Minister of Foreign Affairs Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Minister of Trade and Industry Calle Schlettwein, Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Rosalia Nghidinwa; National Planning Commission (NPC) Director General, Tom Alweendo; Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Wilfried Emvula; Special Advisor on Foreign Affairs, Tuliameni Kalomoh and other senior government officials.

The President was seen off by Geingob, Defence Minister Nahas Angula, Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana; Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture Minister Jerry Ekandjo, Finance Minister Sara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Information and Communication Technology Minister Joel Kaapanda and Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Peya Mushelenga.

The delegation is expected back on Sunday.