OUTJO-The president of the Republic of Namibia Dr. Hage Geingob stated that, Namibia’s governance architecture has been developed through a continuity and consistency of leadership with a long-lasting impact that defines the legacy of the ruling SWAPO Party government. Geingob specified this yesterday, 15 April 2023 during his official inauguration of the Community Legacy Centre in Outjo.
Geingob describe the legacy as the long-lasting impact of particular events, actions, that took place in the past, or of a person’s life. Saying that, there is a legacy of colonialism and forced occupation, legacy of resistance to the colonialism, legacy of Apartheid and a legacy of struggle. It was in the midst of this struggle that one of the most pivotal legacies was forged, the legacy of leadership.
“This legacy commenced with the Founding Father Comrade Sam Nujoma, supported by Yours Truly as Prime Minister together with Comrade Hifikepunye Pohamba as Minister of Home Affairs and later Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources; Minister without portfolio and Minister of Lands, Resettlement and Rehabilitation. This era brought peace and reconciliation to a nation that was still simmering from the hatred and disunity of apartheid. Comrade Hifikepunye Pohamba then consolidated this peace during his presidency by ushering in an era of social and economic stability, once gain supported by Yours Truly as Minister of Trade and Industry and later, as the Prime Minister” said Geingob.
The head of state, stated that although Namibians have enjoyed peace and harmony for over three decades, government is aware that people require more than these conditions to live a dignified life. People need food, shelter, clothing and access to basic necessities such as water, electricity, schools and medical care.
He indicated that as Namibians continue with national developmental initiatives, their attention has turned towards ushering in an era of prosperity in Namibia. They have declared all-out war on poverty, inequality and corruption. In order to buttress these efforts, they have ensured that they put in place robust processes, systems and institutions to firm up the foundation of their governance architecture.
“I have always held the belief that development must be people-centered. Comrade Governor, I am pleased to note that together with the Regional Council and the Local Municipality, you have brought this people-centered approach to the development of Outjo. By listening to the needs of the people, you have delivered a facility that will make a significant contribution to improve the quality of life of the residents here in the Etoshapoort area,” delighted Geingob.
Meanwhile Geingob added that Namibians have an obligation to create within the country, a conducive environment for business and investment related activities, they also have an equally important task of ensuring that the needs of the most vulnerable members of their society are taken care of.
“In that respect, the Community Legacy Centre will provide various needs such as municipal services, a library, clinic, ablution facilities, policing and other urgent services required by our citizens who usually do not have access to these services,” the head of state added.
Geingob urged the general public to continue with the great spirit of holding hands and forging allegiances for the purpose of advancing the development of Namibia, one mission, one project, one initiative at a time, for the benefit of their current and future generations.