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MINISTER of international relations Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah yesterday said Namibia’s leadership is not corrupt, and that United States president-elect Donald Trump’s statement that he will not work with corrupt African leaders does not apply to Namibia.
During his election campaign, Trump said he will not work with African leaders whom he called corrupt. He also threatened to cut off US aid to Africa if he was elected.
Trump won by an overwhelming majority yesterday against Hilary Clinton after millions of voters went to the polls and voted for him as the new head of state. He will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States of America on 20 January 2017. State House press secretary Albertus Aochamub yesterday said President Hage Geingob will release a statement regarding Trump’s victory soon, although he did not indicate by when.
Reacting to the victory yesterday, Nandi-Ndaitwah congratulated Trump and wished him success in his new task ahead.
She also said the relationship between Namibia and the US has always been growing, regardless of whether the president was a Democrat or a Republican.
The minister added that she expects things to continue the same way under Trump as president.
Nandi-Ndaitwah’s sentiments were shared by Rally for Democracy and Progress’ president, Jeremiah Nambinga, who expressed hope that the bilaterally beneficial relations between the two countries would continue.
« The USA is a sovereign state that can make its own laws through the decision of its people, » Nambinga said concerning Trump’s statement about stopping cooperation with « corrupt leaders » in Africa.
Political expert Victor Tonchi also threw in his weight behind what he foresees about the future relationship between Namibia and the US under Trump’s administration.
« I do not see anything that can affect Namibia directly. Our relationship has always been good, and it will continue to be this way, » he said.
Tonchi commented on Trump’s statement on Africa, saying that it would be a welcome change in American foreign policy if they stopped cooperating with corrupt leaders, which they had done in many cases in the past.
While Trump was lagging behind his Democrat competitor Clinton in the opinion polls, he often said that the election was rigged, and that he would contest the election in court if necessary.
Tonchi said he did not think that Clinton would contest the results of the election. In fact, she has already conceded defeat.
During his campaign, Trump made massive use of social media, insulting many in the process. « As I have long been saying, South Africa is a total – and very dangerous – mess. Just watch the evening news (when not talking weather), » he tweeted to his over seven million followers on 21 April 2015.
In his victory speech yesterday, Trump chose more conciliatory words: « I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone. »
He also said: « All people and all other nations, we will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict. »