Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohama
continues his three-day visit to Liberia Wednesday with a tour of the
Firestone Rubber Company facilities and a meeting with President Ellen Johnson
The Namibian President addressed a joint session of the Liberian
Information Minister Lawrence Bropleh said President's visit is part of the strong bilateral
relations that the two countries have enjoyed over the years.
played a pivotal role in the struggle in the part of southwest Africa during
the days when Sam Nujoma and others were fighting for liberation, the SWAPO
(Southwest Africa People's Organization). And so now is the time, with
President Sirleaf in office, they wanted to make that these relationships will
be stronger," he said.
news release from the Executive Mansion recalled that in November 1960, Liberia
and Ethiopia filed a case with the International Court in The Hague challenging
the validity of apartheid South Africa to rule then South West Africa
said President's visit is in reciprocity to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's
visit to Namibia last year.
said the two countries are working on strengthening their economic ties which
he described as getting stronger.
and Namibia both are well-positioned on the coastal line and they're heavily endowed
with marine resources. For many, many years they have developed their fishing.
We will benefit from Namibia in building up our own fishing industry and making
sure that there is value-added to our fishing industry," he said.
said Liberia, which is endowed with iron ore, gold, copper, bauxite and diamonds
is expected to benefit from the way Namibia handles its diamonds before
Namibian president also addressed a joint session of the Liberian national
legislature Tuesday challenging African leaders to strife toward achieving
democracy and good governance by fighting corruption.
after her election President Sirleaf declared corruption as public enemy No.1
for Liberia. But lately the government has been criticized for lack of
political will to fight corruption.
denied President Pohamba's comments about fighting corruption were indirectly
pointed at Liberia.
the contrary, he acknowledged the fact that it was a strong political will on
the part of President Ellen Johnson when she declared corruption as public
enemy No.1," Bropleh said.
said although President Sirleaf inherited a broken system, her government has
put in place sound policies to fight corruption.
is why this government supports the General Auditing Commission and the
president has taken strong action at dismissing from the cabinet level on down
when there is corruption," he said.
Bropleh admitted that the government has been a little too slow in prosecuting
those found to have been corrupt.
said the Sirleaf government believes in the ability of new Minister of Justice
Christiana Tarr to transform the system.
Pohamba said Namibia has achieved five of the eight United Nations Millennium
encouraged other African leaders to renew their commitments towards the