THE struggle for independence came with a promise – unity, peace, brotherhood and Namibia’s architects of those promises must be applauded for managing challenges of constrained hegemon, regional integration, conflict resolution and democratic governance.
Indeed these running achievements came at the backdrop of how founding father Dr Sam Nujoma, former President, Hifikepunye Pohamba and incumbent President, Dr Hage Geingob’s defied the African leadership mantra of extended terms and peacefully passed on the baton to each other, a reality that has safeguarded events of March 21 1990- Independence day.
This week Independence Day coincided with President Hage Geingob’s second year in office, and again served as a reminder of the peace that remains a replica of the peaceable atmosphere that prevailed since Independence Day-the most memorable and indeed the most emotional moment in the annals of Namibia’s history.
It is undeniably vivid that the attainment of political independence gave Namibia a platform to realise the aspirations for which the country fought and sacrificed. During the 27 years of nationhood, there is every reason to celebrate the achievements hitherto and to be optimistic about a brighter future.
Imperatively, it should be always remembered that strengthening of national freedom largely depends on developing indigenous skills and knowledge, while zealously guarding the rich cultural and social heritage of the past and moving ahead to the victories of the future.
As the nation commemorates independence, it is time that everyone dedicates themselves to providing a truly ethical, virtuous, wise and equitable service to all acknowledging that people and the new generation are subjected to transformation in every field when they proceed with new ideas, thoughts and expectations.
In light of this, governments are set up to serve the people they represent. But it is also the duty and responsibility of the people to recognise the limitations of Government especially as regards to resources. We must acknowledge the fact that our needs may be unlimited whereas our resources are finite. Once we are able to do this with honesty and a high sense of realism, together we can determine and set our own priorities
Further, on a fortunate week like this, we should recall the great leaders who contributed to gain independence to this country in 1990 and pay tribute our war heroes, who sacrificed their lives to end the many years of brutal terrorism and apartheid.
The freedom the nation enjoys today was earned by the blood of patriots and their sacrifices must never be in vain. As we recognise the important role that they played in this nation’s history, we must remember that the greatest honour that we can give them is to live by the high ideals that they envisioned for Namibia. Their passionate dreams for an equitable, free and just Namibia must be our driving force today and in the years to come.
Most importantly, the unity exhibited by the freedom fighters, regardless of their race, tribe, religion, or class should motivate our efforts to build a united, prosperous nation, devoid of ethnic or parochial divisions. We must remain united as Namibians.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015