Geingob off to AU Summit in Ethiopia

26 Jan 2017 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JAN (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob will on Friday depart for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the 28th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State.
A media statement from State House Press Secretary, Albertus Aochamub issued on Thursday states the President’s trip is an opportunity to interact with fellow Heads of State and Government on matters of national and continental importance.
The summit will be hosted from the 28 to 31 January 2017 under the theme ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in the Youth’.
The assembly is expected to elect a new chairperson and a deputy of the AU Commission (AUC).
Vice-President Nickey Iyambo, over the past weeks, received several envoys from countries including Uganda, Kenya, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, and Chad lobbying for votes for their candidates.
Other key appointments such as the eight commissioners of the AUC and members of the AU Advisory Board on Corruption, to which Namibia presented Anti-Corruption Commission Director Paulus Noa as candidate, are also to be voted on.
All candidates in the race need 34 votes or more from the 54 African countries to win the seat.
South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is the outgoing AU Commission chairperson since 2012 and did not seek re-election.
Preceding the Assembly is also the meeting of Ministers on Gender, where Namibia will be represented by Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka.
The assembly will also consider the request by Morocco to become a member of the AU, while reports on the Reform and the Financing of the AU will be presented to the Heads of State and Government for consideration.
Geingob will be accompanied by First Lady Monica Geingos; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah; Sioka; and other senior government officials.