Rawlings Ends Tour Of Namibia

Ex President RawlingsFormer President Jerry John Rawlings has ended a six-day visit to the Republic of Namibia. He was in Namibia at the invitation of the Pan Afrikan Centre of Namibia (PACON) hosted by Dr. Hage Geingob, the Prime Minister of Namibia. The former President delivered the keynote address at a seminar organised by PACON on the theme, “Africa Rising”.

The seminar, which took place at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort on Friday, September 12, 2014, was well attended by political leaders, academics, diplomats, civil society organisations, traditional rulers, students and the general public.

Former President Rawlings took the audience through a wide range exposé of the African situation, and suggested that Africa must not remain silent in a unipolar world dominated by the US and the West.

He said that while current economic statistics showed that Africa was on the rise, the reality on the ground proved otherwise and called on African leaders with integrity not to remain silent in the face of oppression and injustice.

At the same seminar, Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was honoured with the PACON Posthumous Pan-African Icon Award for 2014. It was received on behalf of the Nkrumah family by Alhaji Abdul-Rahman Harruna Attah, Ghana’s High Commissioner to the Republic of Namibia. Earlier laureates include:

2013 – Patrice Émery Lumumba first democratically elected Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo.

2012 – Stephen Bantu Biko the anti-apartheid activist of South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s;

2011 – Jackson Kaujeua a Namibian musician, composer and gospel singer, and a veteran of the Namibian war of independence.

In an acceptance speech, the High Commissioner informed the audience that in a telephone conversation with Samia Nkrumah, the late President’s daughter, she expressed the family’s feeling of honour and pride, as well as confirmation of their late father’s status as an African, not only a Ghanaian.

He thanked the Namibian Government for naming an avenue after Dr Nkrumah in Windhoek where the current residency of Ghana’s High Commission is sited.

Former President Rawlings, who was accompanied by his wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings and two of their children, paid courtesy calls on President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Prime Minister, Dr. Hage Geingob and Founding President, Sam Nujoma of Namibia.

He was also a guest of honour at the 90th birthday celebrations of Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, one of the most revered leaders of the Namibian struggle for Independence.

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