WINDHOEK – Chairperson of the 25th Silver Jubilee Independence Anniversary Committee, Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana, says the active participation of all stakeholders made this year’s celebration and the inauguration of Dr Hage Geingob as Namibia’s third president a resounding success last Saturday, despite inclement weather.
The festivities drew politicians, traditional leaders and ordinary citizens from across the globe. “In spite of the rain on Saturday, the event was a huge success. I guess we had over 30 000 people who attended the event,” Ua-Ndjarakana, who is also the information permanent secretary, stated on Monday.
He further thanked everyone who played a role.
“What surprises me the most is the way Namibians love the army while in other countries people are scared of the army,” he added.
DTA of Namibia youth league leader Benson Katjirijova was also in full praise of the celebration, saying he was grateful to attend an event of that magnitude.
“It was a sign of progress, the transition of power from one leader to another. It is something we as young people can learn from,” he said.
However, he said, the Independence Stadium needs to be upgraded to cater for big events of such magnitude in future to ensure they are not interrupted come rain or shine.
The Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) secretary general Eben Zaarondo said it was good that Africa witnessed a smooth transition of power for a third time “without observing any bad signs”.
He added that the newly appointed Cabinet has a lot of new faces and expressed confidence in the new team. “Most of them, according to my judgment, are qualified for their appointments.”
Mario Draghoeder, who travelled from Rundu to take part in the celebration, said the event was colourful and urged fellow Namibians to support the country’s new leadership.
“It is very important that we fully support our leaders in order for them to be successful,” he said.
The event started with a parade and ended with a football match between Namibia’s women football team the Brave Gladiators, and Swaziland’s women football team, and was described by many as a day to remember.
Artists such as the Dogg, Oteya, Freeda, Mr Makoya, Tswazis, T-Bozz & Staika, One Blood, Essence, Brumilda, Promise, Olavi & friends, Bonez, D-Jay, Shot Gun and Max the Don performed at the celebration.