Pohamba off to AU summit in Malabo

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba left for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday to join other African leaders at the 23rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU), slated for Thursday and Friday this week.

Prime Minister Hage Geingob, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Peya Mushelenga, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Elia Kaiyamo and other senior government officials saw the president off at the Eros airport.

The 23rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government is preceded by the Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC) of Ambassadors, and the 25th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council from 20 to 21 June and 23 to 24 June, respectively.

The Assembly’s theme this year is ‘Year of Agriculture and Food Security’, as proclaimed by the Assembly in 2012.

Foreign Affairs’ Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah; Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John Mutorwa; Special Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tuliameni Kalomoh; Namibia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Anne Namakau-Mutelo; Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations’ Wilfried Emvula and other senior government officials form part of the presidential entourage to the summit.

The delegation is expected back on Saturday.