Pohamba off for Senegal

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba left for Senegal on Thursday afternoon for a three-day State visit.

Pohamba’s reciprocal visit coincides with that country’s 54th Independence anniversary.

Senegalese president Macky Sall was here in August last year.

Pohamba departed from the Hosea Kutako International Airport, where, as per tradition, he inspected the Guard of Honour. He was seen off by several Cabinet Ministers as well as diplomats accredited to Namibia.

The Namibian leader also handed over a letter of authority to Deputy Prime Minister Marco Hausiku to be ‘in charge’ of the government during his absence.

The country’s second-in-command, Prime Minister Hage Geingob is in Brussels, representing Namibia at the European/Africa Trade Summit which took place from Tuesday to Thursday this week.

Pohamba is accompanied by First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba and Swapo’s regional coordinator for the Kavango East and West regions Johanna Kandjimi.

Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Trade and Industry Minister Calle Schlettwein, Ambassador Peingeondjabi Shipo, and the Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Selma Ashipala-Musavyi form part of the president’s entourage to Senegal.

These officials already left a day before.

The entire Namibian delegation is expected back on Saturday.

The Republic of Senegal is situated in west Africa, bordering Mauritania in the north, Mali in the east, Guinnea Bissau in the south, and the Atlantic Ocean in the west.