President Kagame has sent an early congratulatory message to his Namibia’s counterpart, Hage Geingob, who has been re-elected after a tight race where the ruling party secured 56% of the vote.
His direct opponent, Panduleni Itula got 29%.
“Congratulations to my brother friend…on your well deserved re-election,” President Kagame said in a tweet on Saturday evening.
Kagame promised Geingob to “further strengthening the ties between our two nations and wish you and the people of Namibia continued success and prosperity.”
Geingob’s ratings have been on a decline due to various political and economic setbacks his regime has faced in the past 5 years after his victory in 2014 where he won by 87%.
Corruption scandals and unemployment have eroded the ruling party’s stronghold to power that has been in power for about 30 years.
He told his supporters during a celebration that, “It was a tough campaign… I campaigned like hell.”
The elections are said to have been free and fair.
“I am just a proud Namibian that we could have free and fair elections, no fighting, no attacking each other, free movement was allowed,” he said.
Rwanda and Namibia have of recent engaged in bilateral talks where both countries intend to explore meaningful ties from the south to the east.
Congratulations to my brother & friend President @hagegeingob on your well deserved re-election. We look forward to further strengthening the ties between our two nations and wish you and the people of Namibia continued success and prosperity
— Paul Kagame (@PaulKagame) December 1, 2019