Nujoma will never be forgotten: Hishoono

OTJIWARONGO: Former Swapo-Party Elders’ Council Secretary, Kanana Hishoono says Founding President Sam Nujoma is Namibia’s first economic and development activist – a visionary leader who will never be forgotten in the history of the country.

He was speaking at the fourth 12 May Movement celebrations at Otjiwarongo’s Mokati Stadium in the Otjozondjupa Region on Saturday.

The event coincided with Nujoma’s 86th birthday on 12 May. The celebrations were delayed until Saturday because 12 May fell on a Tuesday this year.

Hishoono said he met Nujoma for the first time in 1976 in Angola.

“He (Nujoma) found the peace we are enjoying today in the country,” he said, adding that Nujoma also established the ruling Swapo-Party, as well as the party’s military wing and other departments.

Hishoono said Nujoma was the founder and first member of the Swapo-Party Elders’ Council (SPEC), followed by the late Simon Mzee Kaukungwa, himself (Hishoono) and Nestor Mukwaita Shanyengana, who is the current SPEC leader.

The 12 May Movement was initiated by the Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) in 2012 at Swakopmund in the Erongo Region.

It aims to celebrate the legacy of Nujoma, who was born in 1929, his legacy and heroic role played in the liberation struggle of Namibia, as well as his outstanding leadership during his reign as the country’s first president.

The second 12 May Movement celebrations were held at Okatana in the Oshana Region in 2013, and the third event in the capital in 2014.

SPYL Secretary-General, Elijah Ngurare said on Saturday that he wished to see the date, 12 May, declared a public holiday in Namibia.

“Nujoma made it possible for the liberation struggle of this country to become true. You are our hero, a symbol of peace and we wish you good health and many more years to come,” he said.

National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) Secretary-General, Job Muniaro praised Nujoma for establishing the national workers’ union.

He said the union will continue to fight for the workers’ rights and continue to remain part of Swapo.

Several international youth leaders were present at the mass birthday party.

These included youth leaders from Angola, Mozambique and Cuba. They too praised Nujoma for his visionary leadership for Namibia, Africa and the world.

Nujoma was presented with several gifts.

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila delivered a keynote speech on behalf of President Hage Geingob.