Pohamba wants peaceful elections

SWAKOPMUND: President Hifikepunye Pohamba has reiterated his call for all political parties to campaign peacefully for the November national elections this year.

The president last Wednesday arrived at the coastal town of Swakopmund in the Erongo Region for a three-day working visit.

He was received at the Swakopmund airport by Erongo Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua and other regional and local authority councillors.

Pohamba was taken straight to the Swakopmund municipal offices, where he held a meeting with various regional and local authority councillors.

He then appealed to all political parties to campaign peacefully during the elections, saying Namibia does not want any more fights or bloodshed.

“You cannot talk about development if there is no peace in a country. In many African countries where there is conflict, obviously, there is no development taking place.

Look at Somalia, Egypt, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – people are killing each other, instead of concentrating on the process of developing their countries,” he stressed.

Pohamba went on to say that Namibians should unite and work together for the benefit of all, irrespective of their political affiliation.

“We are brothers and sisters, we are not enemies,” he reiterated.

He also thanked all leaders, be they from political, church, traditional or non-governmental organisations for the cooperation rendered to Government to help it maintain peace and stability since Namibia gained its independence in March 1990.

“One cannot claim that it is the government, or it is so and so, or it is political party A or B which kept peace and stability in this country of ours. It is us all as Namibians,” he stressed.

The Head of State furthermore indicated that his term of office as president of the Republic of Namibia is coming to an end, and the Namibian people are to elect a new president and new parliamentarians of their choice, come November this year.

“I felt that I should call this meeting in order to meet you as leaders at regional level to inform you that my contract with the Namibian people is coming to an end as per the Namibian Constitution, which says the president should serve for two terms only,” he stated, adding that he if the councillors happen to meet him around this time next year, they should refer to him as “former president”.

As part of his working visit, Pohamba commissioned the commencement of operations at the new Husab Uranium Mine, situated 22 kilometres south of Arandis in the Erongo Region on Thursday.

He also opened the congress of the Swapo-Party Elders’ Council (SPEC) here on Friday before returning to Windhoek on Saturday.