The SACU headquarters were inaugurated today in Windhoek, Namibia.
Many Namibian officials were in attendance including Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa, and Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah. Former Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba, and the Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi.
Rev. Abraham //Kheibeb, the Alternative Vice President of the Council of Churches in Namibia said at the event, "The President [Hage Geingob] had called out to assist fighting poverty, and therefore we are willing to take hands with one another to fight poverty in this country. We must not wait until people start dying."
Ms. Paulina Elago, Executive Secretary of SACU, said, "We are proud to see the outcome of the SACU building, and we would like to thank the Government for the outstanding support to make this success full and [for] the organising of this event, and would like to thank the engineers and contractors for doing a great job and for the Presidents for making time to attend."
Speaking at the inauguration, President Hage Geingob said, "Everyone being here shows that we are attached to this union. In order to transform our region we need to work together. I call all members to work together and prioritise areas including reviews and strengthening the SACU secretarial."
Many of SACU’s leaders were at the event, including the Deputy Prime Minister of Lesotho Mothetjoa Metsing, Prime Minister of Swaziland Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, and the President of Botswana Ian Khama.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma was also in attendance and said in his speech that he, "[...]would like to say a personal gratitude to the President and the people for a warm welcome and hospitality. This event shows that we are one and that we have the same history and aspirations. After 5 years we are here again to mark a milestone as we meet here today we are conscious about promoting regional entry predation. We are tasked with the responsibility in creating jobs and growing the economy. Let's not work slow, let's do this."
After the speeches, the dignitaries toured the newly inaugurated SACU building and had a luncheon.