07 Feb 2015 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 07 FEB (NAMPA) President Hifikepunye Pohamba has urged those who will remain in the Office of the President to continue working hard and give their full support to the incoming president.
He said this here on Friday during the New Year reception for staff of the Office of the President.
Pohamba said the great support he gets from all staff members should be delivered in the same manner to President-elect Hage Geingob during his term of office.
He said Namibia will attain great heights of prosperity and progress through effective planning, co-operation and hard work.
All civil servants have an obligation to contribute to the successful and effective implementation of Government policies and programmes, the president said, adding that they must always carry out their duties and functions to the best of their abilities.
Pohamba also expressed gratitude for the work done by members of his office over the years, saying their support enabled him to carry out his constitutional mandate as president of their republic.
The Namibian leader also thanked the nation for the support given to the Office of First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba over the years, saying that such support contributed to the success of the outreach programmes she had been involved in as such programmes have advanced many communities.
Pohamba then introduced Geingob to State House personnel.
Geingob, who is currently Prime Minister, will become Namibias third president on 21 March this year.
The incumbent president said this coming Independence Day will demonstrate the strength of Namibias system of democratic governance, peace, unity and stability, which people have enjoyed since the attainment of the countrys freedom and independence 25 years ago.
The Head of State said Namibians, through the ballot box on 28 November 2014, demonstrated their trust and confidence in the tested leadership of Geingob to serve the nation.
On his part, Minister of Presidential Affairs Albert Kawana thanked the president for his contribution to the country during his term of office, highlighting some major projects which Pohamba oversaw such as the construction of roads in the country.
We wish you prosperity and good health in your retirement comrade president, said Kawana.
Meanwhile, Pohamba will become part of a Presidential Advisory Council, which will also consist of Namibias Founding President Sam Nujoma and former Prime Ministers.
Geingob announced the establishment of this council recently.