Namibian interim leader not keen on running in polls Nangolo Mbumba

WINDHOEK. –  Namibia’s Nangolo Mbumba, who took over as interim president of the southern African country on Sunday after Hage Geingob died in office, said he had no plans to run in elections due at the end of the year.

That means Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, who replaces Mbumba as vice president and was nominated by the governing South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO) just over a year ago to be its candidate, will remain on the ballot.

If she wins, she will be the southern African nation’s first female president.

“I am not going to be around for the elections so don’t panic,” Mbumba said

“My aim was to be a school principal, which I achieved and now I have to thank the Namibian people for the honour they have bestowed on me to be their president, for a short period,” Mbumba said at his swearing-in ceremony.

SWAPO’s constitution forbids making changes once the candidate has been picked two years before the poll is due. – Reuters

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