Walvis Bay celebrates 20 years of Reintegration

WALVIS BAY: Political, community leaders as well as nationals from across Namibia gathered here on Saturday to celebrate the 20th Reintegration of Walvis Bay to Namibia.

Since the colonial years of 1910 to 1915, Walvis Bay was under martial law as part of South Africa. Even when Namibia became independent, South Africa refused to relinquish control over Walvis.

After several negotiations between the South African Government, Namibia and the United Nation Security Council, Walvis Bay and a string of off-shore islands were finally reintegrated into Namibia on 28 February 1994.

The event coincided with the national celebration of the 24th Independence of the Republic of Namibia; it took place at the fully packed Kuisebmund stadium.

Some of the notable names associated with the successful reintegration of the Walvis Bay are Swapo Secretary General Nangolo Mbumba, retired politician Ben Amadhila, Speaker Theo Ben Gurirab and the late Nathanael Maxwilili.

After independence, Mbumba was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Joint Administrative Authority , a body that was tasked to oversee the reintegration of Walvis Bay to Namibia.

Amadhila, Mbumba, chairpersons of different regional councils, regional governors, town mayors and deputy mayors attended this historic event.

Minister of Youth National Services Sports and Culture Jerry Ekandjo who was the main speaker, standing in for President Hifikepunye Pohamba, said the event also serve as a classroom for the youth to learn the history of the town and country.

Ekandjo also reminded the audience that the celebrations are held in honour of the freedom fighters who are living today and those who passed on.

“Since independence, the Government of this country has established policies that deal with the improvement of the living standards of our people. We are aware of the challenges faced by Government in delivering services, but let us face the future with confidence and determination,” Ekandjo remarked.

He further noted that after Namibia gained independence in 1990, it maintained democracy for 24 years; he thus said this must continue.

“As we are facing the elections in this democratic society, I have no doubt that the elections will be conducted in a free and fair manner,” said Ekandjo.

Ekandjo further highlighted some of the achievements aimed at improving the living standards of the Namibian people, such as women empowerment, provision of quality education, employment creation and the rewarding of war veterans.

(edited)WALVIS BAY: Hundreds of people from across Namibia gathered here on Saturday to celebrate the 20th Reintegration anniversary of Walvis Bay to Namibia.

Walvis Bay was under South African rule even after Namibia became independent in 1990.

The harbour town a string of off-shore islands were only reintegrated into Namibia on 28 February 1994 after negotiations between the South African Government, Namibia and the United Nations Security Council.

The event coincided with the belated 24th Independence celebrations of Namibia at a packed Kuisebmund football stadium.

The Minister of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture Jerry Ekandjo, who was the main speaker, standing in for President Hifikepunye Pohamba, said the event also served as a classroom for the youth to learn the history of the town and country.

Ekandjo reminded the audience that the celebrations are held in honour of the freedom fighters who are living today and those who have passed away.

“Since independence, the government of this country has established policies that deal with the improvement of the living standards of our people.

“We are aware of the challenges faced by Government in delivering services, but let us face the future with confidence and determination,” he urged.

Ekandjo stressed that Namibia’s democracy must continue.

“As we are facing the elections in this democratic society, I have no doubt that the elections will be conducted in a free and fair manner,” he said.

The minister highlighted some of the achievements aimed at improving the living standards of Namibian people, such as women empowerment, provision of quality education, employment creation and the rewarding of war veterans.

Some politicians associated with the successful reintegration of Walvis Bay are Swapo Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba, retired politician Ben Amathila, National Assembly Speaker Theo-Ben Gurirab and the late Nathanael Maxwilili.

After independence, Mbumba was the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Joint Administrative Authority, a body which was tasked to oversee the reintegration of Walvis Bay to Namibia.

Amadhila and Mbumba attended the function as well as chairpersons of different regional councils, regional governors, town mayors and deputy mayors.

SOURCE: NAMPA