Namibia Governor: Jolie to Have Baby There

Namibia Governor: Jolie to Have Baby There
Jolie with Zahara and Maddox
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updated 04/17/2006 at 09:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/17/2006 09:00AM

A governor in the remote Southern African nation of Namibia says Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are planning to have their baby there and even give the child a local name, because Jolie "loves Namibia."

Samuel Sheefeni Nuuyoma, governor of the Namibian province where Pitt and Jolie have been staying at a tiny beachside lodge, told the Sunday Times of South Africa he had breakfast with the couple on Friday.

Saying he wanted his guests to feel "at home and free," Nuuyoma continued, "Namibia is a country where everyone has the right to freedom of movement, and they must not feel inhibited when they visit this beautiful country of ours."

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According to the Associated Press, the Namibian government has made efforts to keep paparazzi away from Pitt, Jolie and children Maddox, 4, and Zahara, 1, by telling journalists entering the country without valid work permits that they could be arrested.

Nuuyoma could not be reached for comment by the AP.

As PEOPLE reports in its current issue, Pitt and Jolie visited a local game reserve with their children upon arriving in Namibia. According to a local source, Jolie "fell in love with the country" when she filmed Beyond Borders there in 2002 and is "here for the birth of the child."

Another source tells PEOPLE that the couple have a plane on constant standby should they change their minds.

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