Former Namibian president to receive Mo Ibrahim prize

Former Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba will be awarded the Mo Ibrahim prize on Friday night.
The ceremony will mark the beginning of Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance Weekend in Accra, Ghana,
The prize presentation, said the organisers in a press release, will be followed by a Saturday Forum, bringing together many of Africa’s movers and shakers to discuss urban issues on the continent.
Mr Pohamba was named the winner of the 2014 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership at a press conference in Nairobi.
National cohesion
Announcing the winner, the Chair of the Prize Committee, Mr Salim Ahmed Salim, said:
“President Pohamba’s focus in forging national cohesion and reconciliation at a key stage of Namibia’s consolidation of democracy and social and economic development impressed the IPrize Committee. His ability to command the confidence and the trust of his people is exemplary. During the decade of his Presidential mandate, he demonstrated sound and wise leadership. At the same time, he maintained his humility throughout his Presidency.”
Eminent individuals
Mr Salim went on to praise President Pohamba’s commitment to democracy and governance.
The Ibrahim Laureate is selected by an independent Prize Committee, consisting seven eminent individuals.
The Prize Committee assesses democratically elected former Executive Heads of State or Government from African countries who have served their term in office within the limits set by their country’s constitution and have left office within the last three years.