Alueendo takes over, Shalauda retires as Army Commander

The Namibian Army witnessed the change of command as Major General (Maj Gen) Nestor Shalauda retired and incoming Army Commander, Maj General MatheusAlueendo took over the reins at Lieutenant General Garrison, Grootfontein, on Wednesday.

In his address, Shalauda said he was delighted to bid farewell to the ranks and file of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) particularly the Namibian Army adding that he is thankful of God for granting him an opportunity to serve his country at that level.

Shalaudarecognised the Ministry of Defence (MOD) leadership for entrusting him to lead the Namibian Army until retirement.

He congratulated Major General Alueendo for his appointment as the new Army Commander adding that he is confident he will be able to propel the Army in achieving its vision.

In his acceptance speech, Alueendo stated that he felt honoured and privileged to be appointed as the seventh Namibian Army Commander.

In fact, this is a fundamental symbol of confidence and trust bestowed upon me by the political and military leadership of the MOD and indeed, President of the Republic of Namibia and the Commander-in Chief of the NDF, His Excellency, DrHageGeingob, stated Alueendo.

He said taking over from his predecessor, would solemnly pledge to discharge his duties to the best of his ability with zeal, commitment and uphold the core values of integrity, loyalty, professionalism and render selfless service to fulfil the constitutional obligations of the NDF.

Alueendo pointed out his prioritised areas during his tenure including undertaking command and control in order to maintain the level of preparedness, protect and defend Namibia and safeguard its territorial integrity.

Alueendo wished Maj Gen Shalauda well on behalf of Army members as he embarks on a new life of retirement.

The event was attended by higher ranking officials from Ministry of Defence, including Minister of Defence, Penda yaNdakolo, Acting Chief of Defence Force, Air Vice Marshal, Martin Pinehas amongst other dignitaries.

Source: Namibia Press Agency