With heavy clouds hanging over Windhoek, thousands of Namibians packed the Independence Stadium in Windhoek's Olympia suburb to witness the passing of the torch from President Hifikepunye Pohamba to President Hage Geingob, on Saturday, 21st March, 2015.
The inauguration of Hage Geingob as the 3rd President of Namibia marked the beginning of the first term of Dr. Geingob as President following the General and Presidential elections held last November. It also coincided with the 25th independence anniversary celebrations.
The newly sworn-in President says he will focus on poverty eradication, social inequalities, the economy and improved service delivery. "People have high expectations. They want food, shelter and clothing. They want a leader to act quickly, thus the challenges must be met. People cannot eat a constitution or democracy and our first priority is to declare war on poverty and inequality”, he said.
Several Heads of State and Government, among them from Angola, Botswana, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe attended the inauguration of President Geingob. Other countries, such as Cuba and South Africa were represented by their Vice Presidents. Former Presidents of Botswana, Tanzania and Zambia, and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and the Executive Secretary of SADC were also among those in attendance.