Namibia Celebrates Independence Day Weekend with New Prez
IT WAS a weekend of endings for some and new beginnings for others as Namibia celebrated 25 years of independence and the inauguration of the country’s third President.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s era ended on Saturday at the Independence Stadium when he handed over power to his successor Hage Geingob. “There is no title I will carry more proudly than being an ordinary citizen and former President,” Pohamba said while giving his final address at the packed and colourful stadium.
Pohamba’s tenure of leading Namibia for the past 10 years after succeeding Founding President Sam Nujoma, officially ended on Saturday.
He said a hopeful nation was born 25 years ago with Nujoma as its leader and that the journey to build a good socio-economic environment for the people will continue under Geingob.
Smiling broadly, the 2014 Mo Ibrahim prize winner reminisced on his time when he took the oath to become president, describing the moment as a historic and glorious one.
Pohamba said over the years, Namibia has become known as an oasis of peace and democracy on the African continent and the world at large.
“I look back with satisfaction. Today over 90% of Namibians have access to education and are able to read and write,” he said.