Namibia’s President Congratulates President Mugabe
Windhoek – Namibia’s President Hifikepunye Pohamba has sent a congratulatory message to Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe on winning a seventh term in office.
In last week’s Presidential election, President Mugabe won 61 percent of the vote, against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s 34 percent.
Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party also won the majority seats in parliament with 159 compared to 49 seats for Tsvangirai’s MDC-T.
In his congratulatory remarks, President Pohamba commended the people and political leadership of Zimbabwe delivering free and peaceful elections, as reflected in the reports of SADC and AU election observer missions.
“The people of Zimbabwe have once again demonstrated their trust in ZANU-PF and your personal leadership,” President Pohamba said.
The Namibian President also used the platform to appeal to Western countries to remove the “illegal economic sanctions” imposed on Zimbabwe, urging them to respect the verdict of the people of Zimbabwe.
The Namibian Head of State hailed the good relations between Namibia and Zimbabwe, saying he is looking forward to deepening these historical ties.
He said the bilateral relations between the two SADC states are anchored on the rich history of the revolution that resulted in the independence of the two countries.
Kenya and Tanzania are also among the first countries to send congratulatory messages to President Mugabe on his election victory, joining regional economic power house South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma in ratifying a poll dismissed by the opposition as a “huge fraud”.
Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete, who is also the chairman of SADC, was quoted in the media saying that Mugabe’s re-election was a clear “testimony of the confidence and trust the people of Zimbabwe bestowed upon him”.
He said under his leadership, Zimbabwe has recorded tremendous socio-economic developments, despite some challenges.
“Thus, we look forward for greater progress and prosperity for the people of Zimbabwe as well as your continued invaluable contribution to our region and the continent through the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU)” Kikwete said in his message.
In West Africa, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan also congratulated Mugabe on his victory, and has urged authorities in Zimbabwe to work for the well-being and progress of all Zimbabweans.