Pohamba, who received the 5 million U.S dollars Friday in Accra, Ghana, served two five-year terms before stepping down in March this year.


In a speech made available to Xinhua Sunday, Pohamba said he would also use the money to help the youth through his Hifikepunye Pohamba Foundation.

The foundation that was formed last year seeks to provide financial assistance for educational purposes especially in food security for the disadvantaged Namibians.

African countries, he said, must invest in education and training, while rejecting the vices of division and corruption that undermine development.

“This must be our mission as the African people. It must be the mission of all African leaders,” he said.

According to Pohamba, genuine socio-economic development, in Africa or elsewhere, cannot be the exclusive preserve of governments and their agencies, thus sufficient space must be provided for all stakeholders such as the private sector, civil society organizations, free media, an independent and honest judiciary, as well as women and the youth, to make their contributions.

He further said that African governments must assume full responsibility in creating conditions in their countries so that their people do not flee to other continents in search of better lives.

In the same vein, he urged European leaders to treat migrants who seek shelter in their countries as humanely as possible and with dignity.

Apart from the once-off 5 million U.S dollars, Pohamba will also receive 200,000 U.S. dollars for about 10 years. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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