President Lungu witnesses President Geigob’s inauguration in Namibia

Hage Gottfried Geingob
Hage Gottfried Geingob

The neighbouring Republic of Namibia has toady celebrated 25 years of political independence.

President Edgar Lungu was among several Heads of State and Government who witnessed the colourful ceremony celebrated alongside the inauguration of Namibia’s third democratically elected President, Hage Geingob.

Mr Lungu led powerful delegation comprising first Republican President Kenneth Kaunda and fourth Republican President, Rupiah Banda.

And Speaking in his fare well speech, outgoing Namibian President, Hifikepunye Pohamba paid glowing tribute to founding father of the nation, Sam Nujoma.

Mr Pohamba also paid glowing tribute to Namibian freedom fighters for liberating the South-West African country.

He also paid tribute to African states, singling out Zambia and Tanzania among others for helping Namibia attain its independence.

The outgoing Namibian President said he was leaving the office of presidency as a happy man, saying during his ten-year tenure, he managed to maintain peace and stability while the country scored a lot of success in various sectors, including health, education, energy and road infrastructure.

Mr Pohamba, however, said there was still a lot that needed to be done in order to eradicate poverty and improve the livelihood of Namibian citizens.

And incoming President, Hage Geingob, also paid tribute to freedom fighters for their spirit to ensure that Namibia became a democratic, sovereign state.

Dr Geingob announced that his priority was to wage war against poverty, which he said would be fought through realigning of ministries and new economic policies.

President Lungu arrived here yesterday and urged Namibians not to take peace for granted but to always guard it jealously.

He described Namibia as another African country which is a haven of peace and challenged other African countries that are still in conflict to emulate Namibia and Zambia in promoting and maintaining peace.

President Lungu and his delegation is expected back home tomorrow.