President Hifikepunye Pohamba has called for the country to come up with measures to root out corruption, promote unit and work towards economic prosperity in his 23rd independence address today.
Pohamba speaking at Oshakati Stadium in the northern part of the country where the independence celebrations were commemorated said added that there is need to maintain peace and ensure that all Namibians are given the opportunity to prosper as a symbol of bringing independence to reality.
“As we celebrate 23 years of independence and the enjoyment of fundamental human rights and freedoms, we pause to extol and pay homage to the thousands of our people who made supreme sacrifices during the struggle against foreign occupation of our Motherland and the tyranny of apartheid oppression.
Fellow Namibians,” Pohamba said adding that, “I am proud to say that Namibia is forever independent. As an independent nation, we have created a stable and democratic society in this Republic, where our people have the opportunity to realize their potential.
We have put in place functioning public institutions to facilitate the orderly conduct of public affairs at central, regional and local levels.”
According to Pohamba the social and economic development of our country continues at a steady pace.
“Building a more prosperous society implies that all our citizens should have equitable access to opportunities and services such as health care, education, housing, food and other socio-economic amenities. It implies that every Namibian child must have an equal opportunity to access tertiary education. Each and every Namibian child must have the opportunity to realize his or her dream of becoming what he or she wants to become in life. That is the true meaning of freedom and independence,” Pohamba said.
President Pohamba reiterated that there is need for the country to continue consolidating in the area of skills development in order to steer knowledge based economy.
According to Pohamba the country has benefited immensely from the continued cooperation from its Southern African Development community members.
He also called for the continued of peace elsewhere in the world calling for the lifting of sanctions in countries like Cuba which have been long time allies of the country since the time of the liberation struggle.
Pohamba added that the nation is facing a serious challenge of a drought due to poor rainfall in different parts of the country.
Namibia continues to treasure the strong bonds of friendship and co-operation between our country and our neighbors in the Southern African Development Community. Similarly, we will always treasure the
“In an increasingly competitive global environment, our continent must work harder to improve our performance in the areas of trade and commerce, and to address the challenges of poverty and conflicts affecting our people. At the same time, we remain mindful of the unresolved question of Western Sahara. As we celebrate our own freedom, our brothers and sisters in Western Sahara, continue to be denied their inalienable right to self-determination and nationhood. We must urge the international community to implement the relevant UN resolutions in order to bring an end to this historic injustice,” said.