President Sam Nujoma of Namibia steps down, following elections.Although the process was not perfect in Namibia, it was good enough for a democracy of only 15 years of full independence. Many African nations could learn a lot from the smoothness of transition in Namibia; we could learn that it is doable, and that it does not need to be perfect at the first try, as long as the end goal is full democracy. Ignoring the fact that we have a lot of hurdles to pass would be pure lunacy; but our determination to reach our own homegrown and nurtured models of democracy and freedoms, must NEVER waver.
Namibia’s founding president, Sam Nujoma, stepped down today after 15 years in power, handing over to Hifikepunye Pohamba who was elected in November in a landslide victory for the ruling Swapo party.
Nujoma, a former guerrilla leader who guided the diamond-rich southern African country to independence from South Africa in 1990, waved to thousands of cheering supporters at the national stadium in Windhoek as he took his leave.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
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