Pohamba unveils Genocide Memorial and Sam Nujoma statues

21 Mar 2014 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAR (NAMPA) – President Hifikepunye Pohamba inaugurated the Independence Memorial Museum and unveiled the Genocide Memorial and Sam Nujoma statues in the capital on Thursday.
The event was witnessed by founding President Sam Nujoma, Cabinet Ministers, senior Government officials and members of the diplomatic corps.
Pohamba said the unveiling of the two statues and inauguration of the museum represent the collective will to honour the heroes and heroines from different epochs of Namibian history and represents a new era of constitutional preservation of the nation’s history.
He noted that Namibia’s liberation struggle was inspired by the bravery, heroism and patriotism of those who resisted German and other intruders.
Pohamba said the Independence Memorial Museum is a welcome addition to national efforts to reinforce a common identity and a sense of belonging for all Namibians, and serves as the central repository of material and memorabilia related to Namibia’s anti-colonial resistance and the armed liberation struggle.
“With the completion of this museum, Namibia now has a central place where our nation’s long history of anti-colonial resistance and the national liberation struggle is being told,” he said.
Nujoma, who also spoke at the occasion, said the iconic symbols that have been unveiled will serve as guide posts in the process of nation building and the transformation of the Namibian society in building new values in order to forge a common identity.
“On the eve of our country’s 24th independence anniversary, I stand here today, proud that Namibia is now a self-assured nation, confident of its capacity and ability to mould its own destiny,” he said.
The Genocide Memorial statue and Sam Nujoma statue were erected next to the Independence Memorial Museum in Robert Mugabe Avenue in Windhoek’s central business district.
It replaces the Reiterdenkmal statue which was removed from the site in December last year.
The Reiterdenkmal honoured soldiers and civilians who died on the German side during the 1904-1908 genocide.