21 Mar 2015 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 21 MAR (NAMPA)- Out-going President Hifikepunye Pohamba has officially stepped down as Namibia's President after serving the country for 10 years.
Pohamba handed over power to President-elect Hage Geingob here on Saturday during the country's 25th Independence celebration.
Pohamba stated that he is leaving the office with fond memories and reflections.
On many occasions, we have triumphed and rejoiced together, and this will always remain a source of great joy for me and these shared experiences have reinforced and strengthened our unity, he said.
He paid tribute to the Namibian people who trusted him by electing him in 2005 and re-electing him again in 2009.
He stated that as the country celebrates its independence, citizens should not forget that freedom did not come on a silver platter.
The freedom was won by the brave, selfless, and visionary men and women who have sacrificed their precious blood for the love of their country, he said.
Pohamba was sworn in as Namibia's second president in 2005, taking over from the founding and first President of the country Dr, Sam Nujoma who led the country since 1990.
In 2009, he was re-elected to state house.
The out-going president said emerging from decades of the liberation struggle , Namibian people moulded a new nation, guided by practical consideration of the importance of stability, peace, unity and national reconciliation.
Pohamba said Namibia has managed to achieve many national development goals, that include literacy rate enhancements.
He stated that 25 years ago the country had a lot of its people that could not read and write, but now 90 per cent of its people have access to education and are able to read and write.
Furthermore, he added, the country has also ensured that its citizens have access to health care facilities and provide electricity in major urban centres and commercial farming areas.
Meanwhile, Pohamba stated that there are still many socio-economic challenges facing Namibians, especially the youth, women and vulnerable sections of its population.
Various policies have been implemented aimed at addressing the concerns of our people through Local, Regional and Central Government structures with a view to improving the living conditions in rural areas, informal settlements and peri-urban areas, he said.
Pohamba noted that Namibia is respected regionally and internationally because of the principles the country stands as a nation.
For many decades, we have stood firmly on the side of justice in support of the struggle by the people of Western Sahara and Palestine for self-determination and nationhood, said Pohamba.