BEFORE he left Namibia after an official State Visit last week, President Hage Geingob bestowed the highest possible honour on the visiting Guinean President, Professor Alpha Condé
At the State House ceremony where the ‘Order of the Most Ancient Welwitschia Mirabilis’ First Class’ award was bestowed on President Condé, thePresident of Namibia, Dr. Geingobs said: “We honour His Excellency, Professor Alpha Condé as he joins the revered Alumni of the Namibian National Honours System as Grand Commander of the Order of the Most Ancient Welwitschia Mirabillis, First Class.”
The ‘Order of the Most Ancient Welwitschia Mirabilis’ First Class’ award is the highest honour given by Namibia to sitting and former Presidents.
“The Republic of Guinea played a pivotal role in not only keeping the spirit of Pan-Africanism alive, but also contributing to the fight for the total liberation of the African continent. Guinea is the country of birth of Ahmed Sékou Touré, a giant amongst the galaxy of quintessential Pan-African leaders who helped turn the dream of a free Africa into reality,” Dr. Geingob said.
Dr. Geingob bestowed Namibia’s highest honour to the president of Guinea in recognition for the immense contributions Guinea made to the struggle of the Namibian people for freedom, justice and peace.
Relations between Namibia and Guinea date back to the struggle for freedom and independence when the country provided political and moral support to the people of Namibia through SWAPO.
“His Excellency Prof. Alpha Condé was re-elected President of the Republic of Guinea in 2010 and re-elected in 2015, with the commitment to strengthen democracy and fight corruption for the benefit of the people of the Republic of Guinea in particular, and Africa in general,” Dr. Geingob said
By receiving Namibia’s highest honour, President Condé joined the ranks of Angolan President, Joao Lourenco, former president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta who are the most recent recipients of the ‘Order of the Most Ancient Welwitschia Mirabilis’ First Class’ award.