Pohamba resigns as Swapo-Party president

19 Apr 2015 18:40pm
OSHAKATI, 19 APR (NAMPA) – Swapo-Party president Hifikepunye Pohamba on Sunday resigned as leader of the ruling party, some 30 days after he handed over State power to Hage Geingob.
Pohamba, who stepped down as the President of Namibia last month, announced his resignation at the Oshakati Independence Stadium on the occasion of the 55th Swapo-Party anniversary celebrations on Sunday.
He told a large crowd of party members, supporters and sympathisers that Geingob will be acting Swapo president from Sunday until further arrangements have been made.
Pohamba pointed out that he resigned out of his own will and was not forced or influenced by anybody to do so.
He indicated that his resignation follows wide consultations with the party’s senior leadership and politburo on 13 April 2015, and members of the central committee during a meeting in Ongwediva on Saturday.
Pohamba stated that he has full confidence in Geingob’s leadership, adding that with Geingob being both Namibia’s and Swapo’s president, the legacy will continue.
He went on to say that he will remain a loyal member of Swapo and will also avail himself for any task the party gives him to perform.
“Let us not take what happened here today for granted – it is unique to Swapo and Namibia,” Geingob narrated after receiving the party’s symbols of power, which includes the constitution, flag and gavel from Pohamba.
He noted that what happened on 21 March this year when he took over the country’s leadership from Pohamba peacefully and what happened at Oshakati on Sunday happens rarely in other countries, even in Europe.
Geingob reiterated that he will serve all Namibians as State president and promised to lead all members of the Swapo-Party.
“I would like to say that today I am the third president of Namibia, and today I become also the third president of Swapo,” Geingob stated, adding that he was shocked by Pohamba’s surprise handing over of the party’s power to him.