26 former African presidents still live in native countries, play developmental roles in their societies, Prime Minister says

About 26 former African presidents still live in their native countries and play developmental roles in their societies, Prime Minister Hage Geingob has said.

He said in an interview with Wayne State University in Detroit, United States of America (USA) last week that unlike in the past when former presidents are either in jail, in exile or dead, today they are respected and engaged in the developmental issues of their countries.

Geingob said in the new Africa, citizens are no longer involved in coups and leaders are no longer trying to die in office, because democracy on the continent is playing a positive role.

He said African leaders are ready to leave when their terms in office expire, because they know they are respected in their countries.

Namibians will participate in Presidential and National Assembly elections towards the end of this year, and Pohamba is expected to hand over office to the winning president in March 2015.

Geingob, as incumbent Swapo-Party vice president, is automatically guaranteed to take over from Pohamba in 2015.