Geingob leaves for Addis Ababa

27 Jan 2017 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JAN (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob departed for Addis Ababa on Friday to attend the African Union (AU) Head of State Summit.
Geingob is accompanied by First Lady Monica Geingos and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
He was seen off by Vice-President Nickey Iyambo; Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, several Cabinet ministers, deputy ministers and diplomats accredited to Namibia.
He is expected back on Tuesday.
The summit will be hosted from 28 to 31 January 2017 under the theme ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in the Youth’.
A media statement issued by State House Press Secretary, Albertus Aochamub on Thursday noted the assembly is expected to elect a new chairperson and a deputy chairperson of the AU Commission (AUC).
Iyambo has 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.