OMUTHIYA: President Hifikepunye Pohamba has called on the Namibian nation to take a firm stand in the quest for the social and economic development of people in every region of the country.
Pohamba said this at Omuthiya in the Oshikoto Region during the commemoration of Heroes’ Day on Sunday.
“We must take a firm stand to uphold the values and pursue the goals for which so many of our compatriots sacrificed their lives and shed their precious blood,” the Head of State noted.
Namibia, he said, was built on an unshakeable foundation of sacrifice and patriotism by the heroes and heroines who believed that it was better to die fighting for the people’s freedom and independence than to keep living under colonialism.
The President said Namibians who were fortunate enough to be alive to witness the dawn of freedom in the country have a sacred duty to put the interests of all other Namibians, and that of the country, before anything else.
“We have a duty to do our utmost best in order to keep the flame of our heroic liberation struggle burning and make Namibia a better place for present and future generations,” the Namibian leader told his audience.
Pohamba wants Namibians to spare no effort, fear no challenge and waste no opportunity in pursuing and implementing social and economic development policies which would build a prosperous Namibian society.
According to the President, the country needs to build a society where people can realise their full potential and make their dreams come true, a society where everyone can continue to leave in peace and stability, and a society where democratic norms and practices are deeply entrenched.
He explained that Heroes’ Day is one of those solemn occasions when Namibians must come together as a nation to honour all those who have demonstrated strong characters and patriotism, and who were brave in the face of great danger to themselves.
The President stated that the example set by those sons and daughters of Namibia, in different spheres of life, must inspire the current and future generations of the nation to overcome all obstacles in the quest of building a prosperous society, where all people can achieve their full potential and lead dignified lives which is free from poverty and deprivation.
Founding President and a leader of the revolution against colonialism in Namibia, Dr Sam Nujoma, also attended the Heroes’ Day event which was this year commemorated in the Oshikoto Region for the first time.
The day has been observed every year since Independence in 1990 to commemorate the start of the armed struggle at Omugulugombashe in the Omusati Region in 1966.
Heroes’ Day also serves to honour the sacrifices made in the country’s quest for independence, and is dedicated to those who sacrificed their lives for the struggle for freedom and independence.