OMUTHIYA: Omuthiya remained quiet on the eve of the 2012 Heroes’ Day commemoration event, apart from a small group of local youths who pitched up for music performances by young Namibian artists.
The musical performances started at around 19h00 on Saturday evening at the Spy Business Complex here.
Some members of the preparatory committee were up very late on Saturday evening erecting tents in the area in the southern part of Omuthiya which is the venue for the main Heroes’ Day commemoration event taking place on Sunday.
The tents will provide shade for the masses of people expected to attend the event.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba will be the main speaker at the commemoration, which will also be attended by former President Dr Sam Nujoma, Cabinet ministers, Members of Parliament and other senior government officials.
Heroes’ Day is commemorated in Namibia on 26 August every year and has attracted thousands of Namibians from all corners of the country since it was first held.
The day pays homage to the fallen, and living, heroes and heroines of the country’s liberation struggle, specifically those who initiated the armed struggle against the then colonial forces at Omugulu-gombashe in the Omusati Region’s Uukwaluudhi Traditional District.
The guerilla forces of the South West Africa Liberation Army (SWALA), the forerunner of the Swapo-Party’s People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), established a training camp at Omugulu-gOmbashe when troops of the colonial forces of the South African apartheid regime attacked them there on 26 August 1966.
This is the first time the day is commemorated at Omuthiya, the capital of the Oshikoto Region.