By Maria Kandjungu
PRESIDENT Hage Geingob says Namibia and the rest of Africa cannot speak the regional integration without touching on the protracted dispute between the Kingdom of Morocco and the people of Western Sahara.
Geingob made these remarks during an official meeting with the African Union chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat at Statehouse recently, and further indicated that Namibia welcomes the reintegration of Morocco to the African Union.
However, Geingob reiterated his calls on Morocco to allow people of Sahrawi of Western Sahara to make their own decision regarding their self-determination.
“Morocco supported us during our struggle for self-determination, [this is] the same way they should allow Sahrawi to make their own decision,” Geingob said.
According to the head of State whether the Sahrawi people decides to be part of Morocco or not, Namibia will continue to support them to be given the choice to make their own decision in this regard.
Morocco rejoined the AU early last year, after a 33-year absence from the continental body. Morocco withdrew from the then Organisation of African Unity in 1984, two years after the admission of Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic into the body.
AU Chairperson was on a two-day visit to Namibia where he also paid a courtesy call on former president Hifikepunye Pohamba, and visited the Heroes Acre as well as the Ankit Namibia Gem Diamond cutting and polishing company.
During the talks Geingob also confirmed that Namibia will sign the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) agreement.
According to Geingob, Namibia was initially reluctant of sign the agreement because they felt like things were not done in an inclusive and consultative way and so felt left out of the initial decision making.
“After many years of oppression we cannot allow to still be left out from decision making,” he noted.
Furthermore, he explained that Namibia is not against the agreement as they believe in unity of Africa and as a small country, Namibia will only be strong when united with other countries
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