Namibia's Pohamba wins $5m Mo Ibrahim prize

WINDHOEK - The outgoing Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has won the world's most valuable individual award, the Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership.

The $5m (£3.2m) award is given each year to an elected leader who governed well, raised living standards and then left office.

But the previous award was the fourth in five years to have gone unclaimed.

Mr Pohamba, a former rebel who fought for his country's independence, has served two terms as Namibian president.

He was first elected in 2004, and again in 2009. He is due to be succeeded by President-elect, Hage Geingob.

Salim Ahmed Salim, the chairman of the committee that awarded the prize, said that under Mr Pohamba, Namibia had cemented its reputation as "a well-governed, stable and inclusive democracy with strong media freedom and respect for human rights".

Comments (5)

And Mugabe will win the most corrupt and with a wopping inflation rate of over 1000%. He turned a bread busket country into busket case. This is what he will be remembered for.

Farai - 3 March 2015

Thanks Farai on important observation on what Mugabe truly deserves, at times when we are talking about about the sweet aroma of flowers, it is poignant to bear in mind that other things, like human waste really stink.

ruki - 4 March 2015

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