Pohamba to step down as UNAM Chancellor

12 Jul 2017 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 12 JUL (NAMPA) – Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba is stepping down as chancellor of the University of Namibia (UNAM) after his six year term.
Pohamba announced this to the media at State House on Wednesday, after a closed door meeting with President Hage Geingob and members of UNAM’s Executive Management.
“I have come to inform the president that my term as chancellor is going to expire in November and that we need to have a new chancellor at the university,” Pohamba said.
Pohamba was UNAM’s second chancellor after he assumed the position from Founding President Sam Nujoma in 2011.
“As from now until November we will search for a new candidate,” he noted.
According to the university act, the chancellor shall hold office for a period of six years and shall be eligible for re-election at the expiration of his or her term of office.
Vice Chancellor of UNAM, Professor Lazarus Hangula, honoured the outgoing chancellor, saying Pohamba is an influential person in the country.
“He has played a very big role in the growth of our national university,” Hangula said, adding that it won’t be difficult for the next appointed candidate to fill the shoes of Pohamba.
“I cannot vaticinate what the future will look like but I believe that Namibia is a land of the brave. I am confident that the candidate appointed by the council will be up to the job,” he noted.
Hangula also commented on the growth of the university saying that UNAM is relatively a young university compared to other universities in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region but has become a university of choice.
“Students of long established universities from South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe have approached our university for programmes,” he stated.
Part of the meeting was also to update the head of state on the financial situation of the university.
Hangula said although UNAM IS a growing university, the current budget cuts have also affected programmes of the university.
“They [programmes] are affected. We are not an exception [to the budget cut affect] and we briefed the head of state accordingly,” he said, adding that the budget cuts are delaying progress of the university.