Pohamba commends commmunity leaders for 'visionary assistance'

15 Apr 2014 15:20pm
GOBABIS, 15 APR (NAMPA) – President Hifikepunye Pohamba has applauded community leaders in the country for the visionary and inspiring assistance which they rendered to him during his two-term tenure as Head of State.
Pohamba’s term of office ends on 21 March 2015. He won the 2004 elections overwhelmingly as the candidate of the ruling Swapo Party, and was re-elected in the 2009 general elections.
Speaking during a fact-finding mission on infrastructural development projects at Gobabis in the Omaheke Region on Monday, the president thanked all community leaders, traditional leaders and business leaders who have helped his government initiate and implement various development programmes and projects countrywide.
“Thank you and thank you. I am grateful to all of you who assisted me to lead this country in peace. We have kept the peace in this country,” he said.
Pohamba commended the leaders of various communities and sectors for the sterling work that they have done over the past 24 years in deepening democracy as well as promoting social and economic progress in Namibia.
The Head of State also gave special praise to the inhabitants of the Omaheke Region for the huge turnout of eligible voters during the general registration of voters’ (GRV) exercise.
During the registration process, the Omaheke Region recorded a 94.1 per cent turnout.
The GRV process ended last month throughout Namibia, and citizens will go to the polls in November this year to vote in the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Pohamba appealed to all Namibians to campaign peacefully for the political parties of their choice during the election period.
“The upcoming elections should not disturb the peace and bring chaos in the country. Anybody who is trying to disturb the peace will be confronted with a united force. It is our country, and we must do everything to keep the peace,” he stated.
Pohamba also called for inputs, participation and leadership from various sectors of society to produce food for the Namibian nation.
“A collaborative effort between the government and the local communities will have the most impact, with each contributing resources, manpower and expertise. At regional level, we must encourage our people to produce food for themselves. If a nation does not produce food, that nation is facing problems. We cannot be a proud nation if we always have to go and borrow from our neighbouring countries. We must do something to produce food,” he added.