Heroes’ Day preparations underway at Otjiwarongo

Preparations for the Heroes' Day commemoration for this year are underway at Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.

Regional Governor Otto Ipinge is the chairperson of the regional and local organising preparatory committee here for the 26 August set to take place at the Paresis Sports Stadium at the town.

The Heroes Day is an annual commemoration of the first liberation struggle battle that took place at the Omugulugwombashe in the Omusati Region on 26 August 1966, when the South African armed soldiers attacked the People's Liberation Army (PLAN) of Namibia and marked the day the official start of the Namibia's liberation struggle.

Ipinge at the meeting, therefore, told heads of Government ministries, regional and local authority councillors to take the organisations of this national event very serious, to be punctual and deliver reports to his office timely so that he also informs the national organising committee based in the capital.

Ipinge with the assistance of the Otjozondjupa Chief Regional Officer, Agatha Mweti then teamed to establish the various regional organising sub-committees that will deal with the catering, entertainment, protocol, transport logistics, information and publicity for that specific day on 26 August.

I also call upon the local entrepreneurs owing tents to register with us on the prices they ask for their tents, tent sizes and number of chairs for hire, he said.

Ipinge further tasked some sub-committees to start sourcing quotations locally of the printed materials for the main day.

The governor also tasked the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology to see to it that the liberation struggle journeys of individual heroes and ex-plan combatants still alive in the region are written about and published.

Kavango West Region was in 2018 the host of the event in Nkurenkuru.

More than 10 000 people across the country and abroad are expected to attend the event this year at Otjiwarongo, Ipinge said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency