"One day, making tracks
In the prairie of Prax,
Came a North-Going Zax
And a South-Going Zax."
Dr. Seuss's story of the Zax came to life in Northern Namibia on Wednesday, when former President and founding father Sam Nujoma's motorcade encountered current President Hifikepunye Pohamba's motorcade coming in the opposite direction. It is mandatory to clear the road for presidential motorcades, but this was apparently the first time when both individuals who are entitled to travel this way had occasion to meet on the same highway. According to an article in The Namibian Newspaper on December 6th, the end established which one was dominant:
"The President's motorcade was then ordered to pull off the road and join the queue of other cars.
The Head of State had to wait in line patiently until his predecessor had passed.
The Acting Police Commander in the Oshana Region, Chief Inspector Golden Naanda, told The Namibian that the Police had only known about Nujoma's trip.
'It seems President Pohamba wanted to make a surprise visit to Oshakati, probably to Oshakati State Hospital, and that his protocol people might not have known about the former President also using the same road, from Okahao to Ondangwa or to Windhoek,' Naanda said."
There has been speculation that President Pohamba, Sam Nujoma's hand-picked successor who succeeded him in 2005, might still be in his predecessor's shadow. Now we know.