Pohamba to step down at the end of his term

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba has announced that he will step down as the Head of State at the end of his second term of leadership.

Pohamba told the nation on Friday during the 24th Independence celebration in the capital at the Independence Stadium.

He stated that he is going to hand over the chair to the next candidate that will be elected during the 2014 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Pohamba noted that he has no doubt that the elections will be conducted in a free, fair and peaceful environment.

“We are proud that the peaceful transfer of political power in our country has become a norm, rather than the exception,” he said, adding that it is on that basis that 21 March 2005, there was a peaceful and orderly hand-over of power to him from the Founding President Dr Sam Nujoma, whose term of office had to come to an end as outlined in the Namibian Constitution.

The head of state pointed out that they have over the past 24 years established a framework for governance and put in place public institutions of the state, and they have maintained peace, security and stability, which have enabled Government to deliver public goods and services to the Namibian people.

“The values and traditions of democratic governance and the rule of law have been nurtured and have grown deep roots and multi-party democracy elections have been held in our country at all levels over the past years,” he said, adding that hosting democratic elections demonstrates their steadfast commitment to upholding and preserving their chosen system of governance.

Pohamba furthermore stated that Namibia has broadened the delivery of public services to their people as a way of building and consolidating their institutions of democratic governance.

“We have also expanded and modernised physical and communication infrastructure around the country as part of fulfilling our governance mandate,” said Pohamba, adding that their approach to government has always been to focus on, and prioritise the delivery of the basic public services, which is essential for the improvement of the living conditions of the Namibian people.

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan was the guest of honour at the 24th Independence celebration, who came to Namibia for a two-day state visit.

Among other Government officials from Nigeria and Namibia, the Founding President, Dr Sam Nujoma also attended the celebration.

Members of the community also came out in numbers to celebrate the day.

(edited)WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba says he will step down as Head of State at the end of his second term.

Delivering the keynote address at the 24th Independence celebrations in the capital on Friday, Pohamba said he will hand over to the next presidential candidate to be elected during the 2014 Presidential and National Assembly elections set for November.

This is likely to be Prime Minister Hage Geingob, who is the ruling Swapo-Party’s vice president and presidential candidate.

Pohamba also stated that he has no doubt that the elections will be conducted in a free, fair and peaceful environment.

“We are proud that the peaceful transfer of political power in our country has become a norm, rather than the exception,” he said.

He added that it is on this basis that on 21 March 2005, there was a peaceful and orderly hand-over of power to him from founding President Dr Sam Nujoma.

The Head of State pointed out that the Namibian Government has over the past 24 years established a framework for governance and put in place public institutions of the State, in addition to maintaining peace, security and stability, which have enabled Government to deliver public goods and services to the Namibian people.

“The values and traditions of democratic governance and the rule of law have been nurtured and have grown deep roots, and multi-party democracy elections have been held in our country at all levels over the past years,” he said.

Pohamba furthermore stated that Namibia has broadened the delivery of public services to their people as a way of building and consolidating their institutions of democratic governance.

“We have also expanded and modernised physical and communication infrastructure around the country as part of fulfilling our governance mandate,” he said, adding that their approach has always been to focus on, and prioritise, the delivery of basic public services, which is essential for the improvement of the living conditions of the Namibian people.

The President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan was the guest of honour at the 24th Independence celebrations held at the Independence Stadium. He arrived in Namibia on Thursday for a two-day State visit.

Amongst others, former President Sam Nujoma and senior government officials from Nigeria and Namibia attended the Independence celebrations.

SOURCE: NAMPA