The Omusati Regional Council will host over 5 000 people at this year’s August 26 Heroes Day festivities to be at Ongulumbashe.
Omusati regional governor Sofia Shaningwa confirmed that the region has since appointed eight committees in preparation of the event and alternatives to the fears of accommodation shortages have been identified.
“We will have camping at Ongulumbashe site, every region will have their tents, they will be provided with water tanks etc. The state will purchase food. We are trying to have more animals slaughtered, where different regions can do their own cooking. The different regions will see to it that food is not misused, stolen or carried away” she added.
It was at Ongulumbashe where the struggle for Namibia’s independence began in 1966 when South African forces launched a 23 year war against the now ruling Swapo Party.
The Swapo base at Ongulumbashe was the target of Operation Wildebeest by the South Africans.
This week Shaningwa said Omusati residents have already begun be surrendering their homes to visitors from all over the country for a small fee that the state will pay.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba and Founding Father Dr Sam Nujoma will have one-on-one question and answer sessions with the youth as part of the festivities.
“The youth will be allowed to ask the leaders hard hitting questions about the leadership of the former president and the current president as well as narrating on the struggle that took place more than two decades ago. This will be held in the Governor’s Office in Outapi on August 25. We want you young people to hear directly from their mouths. We want you to ask without fear or favour,” Omusati Governor Sofia Shaningwa said.