WINDHOEK: Members of the executive committee of the African Prosecutors’ Association (APA) on Wednesday paid a courtesy call on President Hifikepunye Pohamba at State House.
The delegation was headed by its president, Prosecutor-General of the Republic of Namibia Olivia Martha Ekandjo-Imalwa.
The African prosecutors are attending the three-day 7th APA Conference and Annual General Meeting currently underway here.
The theme of the conference is ‘Strengthening Institutional Capacity of Prosecuting Authorities and Agencies in Africa – Uniting Africa’s Prosecutors’.
In his welcoming remarks, Pohamba expressed gratitude and appreciation to the delegation, saying he was happy and proud when he heard that Namibia was chosen to host such an important conference of personalities from the African continent.
Advocate Ekandjo-Imalwa informed the president that African prosecutors initiated the establishment of the association for the benefit of people to secure their freedom and justice, and to ensure that Africa does not become a haven for criminals.
“For the last two days we have been busy educating ourselves and sharing best practices amongst ourselves, especially on how to prosecute trans-national and international crimes effectively and efficiently,” she said.
Ekandjo-Imalwa informed the Head of State that the conference is being attended by 163 prosecutors, as well as experts from international institutions.
She further said that their participation demonstrates the prosecutors’ unwavering commitment and dedication in their endeavour to achieve their objectives as African prosecutors.
The countries represented at the conference are Angola, Algeria, Burundi, Botswana, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.