Grootfontein hosts belated Independence Day celebrations

GROOTFONTEIN: Hundreds of Grootfontein residents gathered at the Omulunga Sports Stadium on Saturday for belated Independence celebrations.

The Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Charles Namoloh delivered the keynote speech at the event.

Namoloh explained that Foreign Affairs Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah was scheduled to officiate at the belated 24th Independence celebrations at Grootfontein.

“But due to other commitments she could not be here today, therefore, I was tasked with addressing you,” he said.

Namoloh said the independence of Namibia was achieved on 21 March 1990 through hardship, adding that many Namibians sacrificed their lives to liberate the country from the South African colonial forces.

He urged Grootfontein residents to unite and work together in developing their town.

“For the fact that we have good leadership started by our founding President, Dr Sam Nujoma and the current President Hifikepunye Pohamba, we should be grateful and happy,” he said.

Namoloh further stated that Government will continue to build the needed infrastructure such as roads, hospitals, schools, and houses, and will also produce enough food for everyone countrywide.

“Before Independence we were told that one cannot grow rice in Namibia, but today our Government has made it possible to grow rice plantations in the Kavango and Zambezi Regions,” he noted.

The Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development encouraged all Namibians to avoid regionalism and tribalism which he said destroys the peace and stability Namibian heroes fought for.

“Those that fought and died for the Independence of this country did so for all of us, so that today we can enjoy the peace and stability. Once we fight each other we disturb the souls of those who died, that’s why we say their blood waters our freedom,” said Namoloh.

The minister also reminded Namibians to be prepared for the Presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled for November this year.

He said everyone should go to the polling stations in November this year to cast their votes to select the leaders of their choice, whom they should hold accountable in bringing needed development closer to them.

Several cultural performances entertained the audience at the belated Independence celebrations in Grootfontein.

Omusati Regional Governor Sophia Shaningwa and Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Samuel Nuuyoma were amongst those who attended the occasion.

This year’s main Independence celebrations were held in the capital at the Independence Stadium.

Special invited guests included the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba was the keynote speaker at this year’s main Independence Day celebrations.